Another Bandsaw Jewelry Box Gets a Mix Of Additives

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Project by Blackie_ posted 01-08-2013 03:51 PM 3750 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: I believe this is one of my best builds to date, This Bandsaw Jewelry Box is a combination of 3 woods, Alder as the core, wrapped with spalted hackberry front and rear with mahogany on the sides, mahogany for the legs, hand made mitered lid for the top which consists of Mahogany for the outside and spalted hackberry for the inside so as to give the box a flow the lid lifts off to reveal more hidden storage along with a hidden compartment a custom made false bottom door, it offers 6 drawers, a ring drawer, necklace hanging drawer, a hidden drawer and a lift out tray that acts as the key to opening the false bottom door on top by way of magnets, all drawers are flocked and I used felt to make the ring holders, it measures 13 1/4” x 5 1/4” x 7 1/4 “ it is sanded down to a #600 and finished with one coat of tung oil and 3 coats of Lacquer.

Build: Most anything that I start on is unplanned, it all comes together in my thoughts at the workbench during the build, This build I wanted a change along with a challenge, these two elements are a what motivate me, I started off wanting a new or different look so with that thought in mind what woods I should select for this project, I first always choose Alder for the core since alder is the least expensive by doing this it keeps my more expensive and rare woods on the shelf plus it’s easy to work with, I then picked spalted hackberry as the face and rear with Mahogany for the sides not knowing what the outcome was going to look like but I think I put together a nice combination, I first started off by gluing together several pieces of Alder to create the core, I then sliced into two pieces from a single piece of 1” thick Spalted hackberry and planed down to 3/8” thick and did the same to a single piece of 7/8” thick of Mahogany, I took one of the hackberry and made it the face, I taped it to the face of the alder making it good and tight all the way around I then after penciling in the diagram, I made the cuts following the grain so as to hide the cut lines, that’s why no one is ever able to see my entry points or cut lines. There was no need to slice the back off first as the other spalted hackberry would become the back thus making the box even deeper. Once the plugs were cut I then removed the face and made all of the finish sanding on all parts starting with #80 grit working down to #600 once that was done with drawers made and sanded, I first added glue to the front and back then the sides and pieced the box together using ratchet straps along with clamps for the glue up, I allowed enough room at the top with also in mind to add more storage space and add a hidden compartment which worked out perfect. I optioned not to put a pull handle on the top so as to give an hidden image on the added extra storage on top, the lid is not as it seems and is easily lifted off to reveal the hidden area, Once again not just a bandsaw box but what I like to think of as a hybrid with all the additions and changes.

Scope: I wanted to create something that would offer eye popping appeal and beauty along with much of what a lady needs in a jewelry box also with added features such as the necklace drawer, lift out tray the hidden drawer, a ring drawer and the hidden compartment on top.

Thanks so much for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 03:54 PM

A beautiful and very functional bandsaw box (the latter is often times missing).

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 03:57 PM

Beautiful work and great design—the wood grains are stunning.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 04:03 PM

Randy you are on form. Very nice

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 04:15 PM

Wow. Incredible work.

I am hoping to get some hackberry trees this summer.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 05:03 PM

Looks great Randy! Plenty of space for everything!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 05:31 PM

I think he’s got it! I think he’s got it! Where will he go next? Probably should make a drawing for future reference? I think you have just stepped into another place with this piece?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks everyone

Thomas, that’s a good idea and point you made, I think I’ll make a description and a drawing of this build, thanks.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 06:23 PM

Having made something very similar recently (, I love the spalted face look on bandsaw boxes. Your box is significantly more intricate than mine. Very nice work.

How is the stability? I ended up having to add stabilizers to mine to keep it from possibly falling forward when/if a drawer snagged on removal.


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#9 posted 01-08-2013 06:54 PM

Hi Joe

My box is as stable as can be, only thing I can tell is that yours is taller and not as deep, I think the center of gravity must be in my favor as I’m 5.9 pounds, 5” deep and only 13” tall. What you might try doing next time instead of making anchors is making a bottom base then gluing your box down onto it. See this project although it didn’t need the base for support I added it only for looks,

Another thing once you are able to make rounded corners you won’t be snagging anymore.

A nice looking box you made, but instead of using a 1/8th” blade use a 3/16 with the carter stabilizer that’s my setup, I’ve not used a 1/8th but I hear they break real easy and with the CS and 3/16 blade you can make just as tight of turns.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 07:34 PM

Super good craftsmanship! I like the way you cut the drawers! Great band saw box!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 09:48 PM

Looking good..! That is an entirely new level of bandsaw box and really fancy.

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#12 posted 01-08-2013 10:11 PM

You said “best to date” and I believe it! Nice wood and nice work.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#13 posted 01-09-2013 12:39 AM

This is really awesome, Randy. I like the way you did the long drawer for necklaces, etc. The wood combos are also very kool. You da bandsaw boxman, you are.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 01:48 AM

You did a great job on this Randy. Nice write-up too.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 01-09-2013 02:07 AM

Randy, You covered all the bases with this one: cool design,very functional,secret compartments, and super wood combo. Yer gonna have a hard time topping this one! But I know you’ll be trying!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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