Bandsawn Bombe Box

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Project by TonyWard posted 01-29-2007 05:25 AM 5468 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bandsawn Bombe Box

Australian Red Cedar

Length: 23cm (9”) Height: 17.5cm (6 ¾” ) Depth: 16.5cm (6 ½”) .

Finished in a blend of natural oils, the base oil is Tung Oil.
Fine sanded using 1,500 wet and dry.

Bandsaw work features:
Cabinet shaping.
The top drawer contains two hidden compartments (not shown) and four open ring trays.
The lower drawer includes a sliding tray.

Sculpted features:
The box sides, front features and feet are hand carved

Construction Time:
100 hours (approximately); January 2007.

Inspiration source:
1. The origin of traditional bombe chests can be traced back to the French Regency period around the early 18th century.
2. After the demise of Louis XIV, a connoisseur of strict classical forms of furniture, furniture-makers started experimenting with newer, more casual styles of furniture making.
3. As a result, furniture shapes became more bowed and round. The signature form of this period was the bombe commode, a stylish chest with a belly-outward curve.

Information source:

Tony Ward

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#1 posted 01-29-2007 05:28 AM

Very Nice Tony.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-29-2007 05:41 AM

Way to go, Mate! Your work has progressed so much since your early Ubeaut posts. This one is especially nice.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 01-29-2007 01:02 PM

this is amazing. a beauty
oh and I liked the information you provided as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 04-19-2007 06:09 AM

I like the history on this as well. It is beautiful, I never saw anything like it. I love the bowed and round thing going on and the hidden compartments. How hidden are these compartments, are they easy to find or really hidden?


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#5 posted 04-19-2007 08:32 AM


The hidden compartment is contained in the third image view, but cannot be seen.

So I guess you could say it is hidden!

Tony Ward

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#6 posted 05-03-2007 03:28 AM

Was just catching up on some of the box work on this site Tony and ran into this great piece. Beautiful design and wonderfully executed. Thanks for posting it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 07-05-2007 04:28 PM

I gotta make me one of those. Thats beautiful, I’ll make mine out of walnut. I’ve got plans somewhere. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-05-2007 05:13 PM

Great job Tony. A lot of work went in to this box.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 08-09-2007 11:39 PM

I know you posted this a long time ago. I was looking at it again with my dial up accelerator turned off, so that I got to see it in it’s full clarity, and wow, it is just beautiful. You are very talented. Glad you are here. Did you work through the marketing book.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 08-10-2007 12:02 AM

oh yes!!! magnificent; one of my favourites

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 08-11-2007 03:19 PM

We are lucky to have sooo many creative folks on this list.

Tony is always a favorite.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#12 posted 08-11-2007 11:26 PM

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement,

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#13 posted 01-12-2008 01:43 AM

A great example of a bandsawn box!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 01-12-2008 04:51 AM

That’s very unique for a bandsawn box. I’ve never seen one like it. Great design!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 01-12-2008 11:52 AM

Looks like a lot of work went into this box. Well done.

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