"Tree" bandsaw box

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Project by rockmolsen posted 02-17-2014 01:41 AM 14307 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lumber for this came from my dentist. He had some leftover rough cut pine that he had used as siding on his barn. It had been sitting out side most of the summer and he said if I’d like some to take it. It was all weathered and warped but I ran it all through the surface planer a few months ago and set it on the lumber rack. Well I saw this design and decided to try it. It was the wife’s idea to stain the box and “tree” part. The handles are supposed to look like leaves that I cut from zebra wood. Dimensions are 6”H x 8”L x 4 1/2”D. A few coats of wipe-on poly and some hand wax. I need a class on finishing, it never comes out like I hope.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 02:34 AM

Great looking project.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 03:35 AM

Nice piece of work. May be the best band saw box I have ever seen. And as usual, the wife was right about the stain. I’d like to try something like that but I can’t even see your cut line. Can you tell me the sequence of your cuts. I hate it when somebody does something that I can’t figure out. This is a real puzzle.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 07:00 AM

I agree with Oldwrangler, it is a very cool piece. It has a very natural line, the central structure reminds strongly of a tree

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 07:10 AM

I need a class on finishing, it never comes out like I hope.

That’s funny. We all need that class. Nice box….............

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 07:38 AM


Well done, you’ve used an entry and a different exit point. Did you think of using just one entry & exit point for the bandsaw blade? In any case this is a nice bandsaw box, well done!

It may be instructive to explain how the unique shape was glued? For a unique shaped box, such as this work, I normally cut the outline shape last as it is much easier to clamp a rectangle than a curved surface.

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 12:12 PM

Very nice bs box. I really like the tree design.

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

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 01:12 PM

interesting design, I turned out very nice, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 03:30 PM

To OldWrangler. Thanks for the comments. I made an entry cut on the bottom of both sides. I know I should have planned the cut better but I was kinda figuring out how to cut as I was cutting! The left and right bottom branches are cut through and glued to the outside case but the other branches are free (not glued). Tonyward is also correct that I could have gotten away with one entry point. My wife reminded me after reading my post, that this was “her” design that she drew out for me after looking at some other patterns. Hey credit due where credit is due ! I did the entry cut glueing before I cut the the outside shape.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 07:14 PM

Awesome looking box! What are the dimensions?

-- Jigsaw, band saw, table saw, scroll saw. Of these I have none.

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#10 posted 02-17-2014 07:26 PM

Its is 6”H x 8”L x 4 1/2”D. I try to keep the depth that size or less because of the oscillation spindle sander I have.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#11 posted 02-18-2014 05:04 AM

This one is a real challenge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-23-2015 03:21 PM

Wow that is an amazing bandsaw box. I like the way it looks. Good job

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#13 posted 08-18-2018 06:22 PM

Rick, Great Box! I came across the photos because I’m working on a design for a ‘family tree’ box for an upcoming reunion. Any chance you remember what size blade you used? I’m trying to figure out your cutting path – I usually use 3/16” blades for boxes but I’m thinking you may have used 1/8”? Kudos to you and your wife for the design and execution, we’ll done!

-- Phil

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#14 posted 08-19-2018 12:55 PM

Phil – yes i believe it was 1/8 blade don’t recall the TPI. I’ve tried the 3/16 blade but it just to tight of a radius. The entry cuts are st the bottom on bothe sides, cutting each branch then regluing to the outer shell. I either cut the outside shape last which makes that glue up easier or save the outside and reuse when gluing.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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