Band Saw Box - inspired by Steve

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Project by glue4you posted 08-14-2011 06:49 PM 2690 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first band saw box. I actually made it in a hurry (well, kind of) because my mother got hurriedly married (after a 15 year relationship) on Monday and invited us for Saturday afternoon to celebrate. A bit uncommon maybe.

Took me two days to figure out what I wanted to build her/them. I decided to give a band saw box a shot. I saw the video from Steve ( and thought it would be a great afternoon project ….... hahaha …. turned out to be not exactly a one afternoon project. Glad we’re on summer holidays at school. I needed 2 days.

As I did have absolutely no acceptable stock for any project in the shop (I’m just starting) I drove to my Grandma’s house and picked up a piece of a cherry log that had been sitting outside for five years or so. After rough trimming it with the chainsaw (that needed repair before) I found out that it was all wet inside. One afternoon wasted.

I then called our local lumber yard, they usually do veneer and cut up logs for the wood industry. Luckily they happen to be the owners of our apartment and let me rummage about their crap pile. Damn, if there is such a thing as “wood porn” then that was it. I found small and medium sized pieces of cypress, olive tree, smoked dark oak, beech, dark brown blocks of an unknown very dense hard wood …. veneer of all sorts … and much more … for free!!!

Back at the shop I found out:
- that preparing rough lumber is time consuming for a beginner, even if you have machines around.
- why body clamps would be a great improvement for all kinds of glue ups.
- that you really can’t screw up band saw boxes, even if you forget to adjust your blade guides on the band saw after changing to the smallest blade in the shop.
- it would have made sense to straighten out the later bottom side of the box on the planer before cutting the outer shape.
- that saw marks in hard wood are a pain in the … when sanding
- smoked oak is a real beauty after smoothing it out with a hand plane.
- that I will have to intensify my relationship with hard woods outside of home improvement stores. Polishing the oiled and waxed surface on the smoked oak was a great experience.

I finished it with an oil-wax and polished it with a pad on my random orbit sander. Unfortunately I didn’t have time for more than one coat due to drying time. Still, it got a light shine and feels great.

That’s it for the moment. My next project will probably be making spare parts for a half complete bunk bed (bought it for virtually nothing) for my son. We need more space as his baby sister will be knocking on our door in about two weeks from now.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 07:11 PM

Hey. Kind of looks like mine. also a result of Steve’s website Congrats.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 10:12 PM

Looks great!!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 11:04 PM

Smoked Oak , ay ? Is that a local delicacy ? LOL
I thought it was Walnut at first glance and then I saw the coarser , more open grain after reading your post.
Nice job for a quicky : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 11:50 PM

Thank you all for the kind words!

Concerning the smoked oak: Well, the lumber yard I’ve been talking about is actually a saw mill. They have developed a special kind of smoking technique and got it patented, so it is indeed a local delicacy :-)

All that I know about the process is that pee is involved. So I guess beer’s free for all the workers there :-)

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 01:29 AM

ROFLMAO : ) thank you and have a great day !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 07:41 AM

Looks great. I love the wood choice!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#7 posted 08-16-2011 08:12 AM

Thank you very much. Have just got up on this side of the planet and checked my emails. Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you so much for all your great videos. A couple of weeks ago my son brought home some terrible child disease from kindergarden. I had to stay at home and away from people and watched all of your videos in just two days. Oh how being ill can be sweet ….

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 09:58 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks, The box looks great nice selection of woods. Doing these are a lot of fun and as you mentioned very hard to mess up. It is just a nice design feature.


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