Walnut Bandsaw Box

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Project by zombeerose posted 03-04-2007 01:09 PM 30411 views 23 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a last minute Christmas gift, I made this bandsaw box out of black walnut with maple and bloodwood for the handle. Since I did not have stock thick enough, I laminated 4 pieces of 7/8” thick stock and then cut out the rough form on the bandsaw. The design was free hand following the curves and figure of the wood.

I finished it with several wiped on coats of Zinsser Sealcoat Shellac thinned to about 1lb.

Completed 12-2006

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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#1 posted 03-04-2007 01:15 PM

Nice work, you’ve done well!

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#2 posted 03-04-2007 01:45 PM

I love these bandsaw boxes. Now I have to ask: how do you get the drawer cut out (if you don’t mind sharing some tips).

It’s beautiful and I love the shape – and the handle!!!

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

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#3 posted 03-04-2007 02:20 PM,,

I love the look and finish.

Debbie, check out these two sites. I bought the book that Donna published recently, in fact she posted its publication notice on LumberJocks, and it is very well writen and answers all your questions. Also, if you search the web on bandsaw boxes there are several detail plans on making them. The American Woodshop also will show how to do these on their t.v. show from time to time.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 03-04-2007 05:18 PM

Very nice box. I’ve bought a lot of books and boxes but have yet to make any. Except my wife’s jewlery box that I tried unbalanced finger joints. Very nice.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-04-2007 05:30 PM

very nice. I got my bandsaw a couple christmases back intending to make a bunch of these… never ocurred to me to laminate stock for them… can have the illusion of a nice thick slab of walnut, or can vary the designs greatly. More inspiration to cram in my head!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 03-04-2007 07:34 PM

Very nice work. Nice finish also. mike

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

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#7 posted 03-04-2007 07:40 PM

Nice job, and to think that was a last minute gift? Wow.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 03-06-2007 08:17 AM

Those band boxes are a mystery to me. As with Debbie I never could figure out how you cut out the drawer. Guess I will have to read up on this. But its a beautiful bandsaw box. I bet it was well received as a gift.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#9 posted 03-07-2007 04:50 PM

Thank you Tony!

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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#10 posted 08-20-2007 09:29 PM

I saw this and all I could say was “Oooh.” ;-)

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 03-29-2008 02:32 AM

I would kill for one of those, it’s amazing! Great job, zombee!

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#12 posted 03-29-2008 10:24 AM

I am glad this came out of the archives. I wasn’t here when it first appeared. It’s a winner!

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#13 posted 03-29-2008 02:05 PM

I am glad that this one came up on my review list as well. This is a gorgeous box. I have been wanting to do some boxes on my bandsaw. This looks like an interesting build.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 01-28-2009 10:59 AM

I assume that the entry cut though the carcass into the drawer area was glued shut. Does anyone have any hints as to how to make that glue join disappear as in this project?

Note: I am not looking for lessons on how to build band saw boxes. I would just like to know about this one technique.

-- Life is about experiences.

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#15 posted 01-31-2009 07:39 AM

I think one of the most vital tricks in minimizing the glue line is to make the entry cut follow the wood grain. In the case of this box, the cut was made on one of the shorter sides running horizontally with the grain.

Secondly, use as small of a blade as possible and make a steady cut (don’t back up to change direction of angle).

Hope that helps some.

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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