First BS Box and Salvaged Firewood

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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 05-17-2012 03:14 PM 2592 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first Bandsaw Box. I recently bought an older 12” deep, 6” thickness Sears/Craftsman tilting head BS off of CL, $50. I saw a log (no pun intended) that was destined for firewood lying in the wood pile in the garage. So I woke up early the next day and was thinking about it and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I started cutting and this is what I got. I am not positive that this is the “correct” way to make a BS box as I haven’t saw any tutorials (or read/watched them anyways). It turned out OK for my first box and a piece of firewood. I’m not sure what the wood is. I made the pull from a scrap of walnut I had laying around. The last picture is of the unfinished box sitting in the original bark and the remaining piece of wood. Pretty neat to see what came of it.

Finished with some wipe on poly, may give it a waxing too. You can see the one error in the first picture that bothers me(there ARE more than one), trying to make the curve for the drawer I couldn’t make the corner and started going wide. So I stopped and changed my blades (1/4” to 1/8”, duh) and finished it out.

I did notice that when I am trying to cut a straight section with my fence my blade tends to run out a decent bit, do I just need to adjust the guides or is something else causing this?

Thanks for looking, tips, constructive criticism, and compliments welcome!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 03:36 PM

Excellent first box! Be careful, band saw boxes are addictive.

It looks like you’ve got the basics down as far as cutting off the back and then cutting the drawer. Explore by making the entry/exit point smaller and from different locations on the wood. You can also do a lot of shaping with your sander to emphasize or de-emphasize parts of the box.

I like that you captured the whole pith in the end piece, it looks cool and compliments the design.

Keep up the good work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 10:32 PM


Welcome to bandsawn box making.

If you are looking for advice as to the set up bandsaw here is a wealth of information ~ Bandsaws and Blades information sites

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 04:54 AM


Good job it looks great. Careful as making these boxes can be addicting.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 10:02 PM

I like the design and the open end. Think I’ll give one a try. Since I do not have a log, I’ll glue-up a blank.

-- Take care.....Ed

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