Box making Curved Front Box #1: In the begining there was a raggedy piece of wood

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-08-2013 08:57 AM 1783 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t been doing too much today apart from tidying up.
You can only shuffle stuff about from one spot to other before boredom sets in.

So I found this piece of wood as I was tidying up and thought I would turn it into some box stock.

It was a bit raggedy but I thought I may be able to get enough timber to make a box.

So as I had jointed it already I simply rolled out my band saw and rule to determine if I could get three slices about 10mm and enough for the base. The timber was 46.8mm thick so I determined I could get 3 x pieces at 14mm and 1 x at 5mm which would give me enough material to make the front back and sides with a base at least.

Here is the stock.

Its Camphor Laurel and has a rough life, tickled with a chain saw by the looks and broken off at the other end

After measuring it up I set up the saw and began cutting.

I wanted to maintain a very accurate cut as I didnt have too much excess to play with so I withdrew it and made the second cut before completing the first, this was done to maintain stability.
Then worked my way through both.

The thickest part in the middle will become one side and the base.

I laid out the re saw work to have a look at what I finished up with.

Then it was simply a matter of ripping suitable widths and then cutting off the rubbish to determine the lengths.

I think I have enough to be able to make a small box.

With that all done I decided to put a new blade on the bandsaw and finished for the day.

Stay tuned for the next progress report

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 11:46 AM

You got some real pretty wood from that Rob and nicely cut. Coincidentally, I too use those same small blades on my bandsaw. Very good for cutting small diameter circles.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 01:11 PM

Anticipation heightens as the plot thickens. Is that a Timber wolf blade?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 01:11 PM

Now that’s a bandsaw blade.

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

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 05:24 PM

You made me smile. Thanks!

-- Fergie in CO

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

OK guys its confession time,... The band saw blade is not really mine. its from a series of photographs of Hull-Oaks Sawmill that I was looking at in absolute amazement, well worth a look if you are interested in historical technology.

The timber I used is Camphor Laurel a species originating from China and or Japan.
It was introduced into Australia as a shade tree and in of all places Our Botanical gardens.
It was used for commercial extraction of the camphor oil but stopped in the 1920s

As the tree grew unchecked it spread at such a massive rate it started invading large areas and became a declared pest due to its invasive nature of forcing out native growth around it.

Its a timber suitable for interior only and has a natural pestacide in its camphor oil so many blanket boxes were made from them. The timber had exceptionally attractive grain feature and is now sought after for small projects, and if you can get it timber tops for tables.

-- Regards Rob

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