My first bandsaw box - Steve Ramsay's design made from scrap pallet wood

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Project by GCM posted 02-21-2014 06:38 AM 3185 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having watched Steve Ramsay’s bandsaw box and having recently bought a cheap and nasty bandsaw I thought I might as well have a crack – I just used some pallet wood I had left over from building a small bench to hold my thicknesser as I didn’t think it would turn out all that well given the limitations of both myself and the bandsaw. My bandsaw has a 1/4” blade which is what Steve said he used but I could come nowhere near making his tight curves – as a result I have an in at the bottom and an out at the top – ha ha.

Being made out of pallet wood I didn’t go crazy over the sanding etc to leave some of the rustic charm (he says lol).

BOL finish – may spray a clear finish later.

Sorry Steve I will do better next time or three ;-)

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 07:33 AM

Very nice first time bandsaw box…keep up the good work and I am sure we will see more of them from you.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 08:35 AM

Looks better than my first one!

A couple of tips, if you don’t mind. To me, the stark sharp edges of the openings looks totally unfinished. I mean on anybody’s bandsaw boxes, not just yours. I found that if you round off the edges of the face opening and the face edge of the drawer, it gives it a more finished pleasing look.

Also, if you end up with too much of a gap between the top of the drawer and the face opening, a cleverly placed toothpick glued to the bottom of the drawer will even out the gap and still slide easily.

BTW, I really like your side liquor cabinet.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 08:52 AM

Thanks UncleStumpy all tips and critiques gratefully and humbly received. The only problem with that “criticism” for me is that I DID round them over ha ha – obviously not enough – I actually toyed with the idea of routing a small round over but was worried that was over kill – but now that you have said that I wish I had – nothing to lose really right? Doing that would also have hidden that fairly obvious “out” discontinuity I had to do because I couldn’t make the curve – I wonder if I could still do it? hmmm.

BTW the idea I got from Dave Watkins was to use those little felt pads you can get for furniture at the base of the drawer – I haven’t got them yet (100k round trip). I might try that toothpick trick in the mean time.

I am looking for a 3/16” or better 1/8” blade for my next try – alas very hard to find around here.

BTW why don’t you yanks export your Rocklers et. al. like you do MacDonalds and KFC? ;-)

Thanks for the kudos on the liquor cabinet UncleStumpy – but are you sure it was for the cabinet and not the Laphroaig sitting on top of it? ;-)

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 11:34 AM

The first bandsaw box is always the most challenging, with this box you’ve made the first step and done well, congratulations.

Looking forward to your next b.s. box

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Richard Miller

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 12:36 PM

looks very nice I like the grain keep up the good work.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 12:42 PM

Looks good especially since it came from a pallet

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 12:45 PM

Thanks I should admit the drawer pull is a piece of Merbau – but I doubt you will crucify me for that! ;-)

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#8 posted 02-22-2014 01:31 AM

Very Nice Work indeed Stumpy! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 03:26 PM

It looks great, like those pretty grains and handle and cool shape. Pretty impressive for a first. Great job!

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#10 posted 02-28-2014 09:25 AM

Thanks! The shape is all credit to Steve Ramsay though.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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