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Well, it seems like everyone else is making these cute little boxes so I thought I'd give it a try. I had some 3/8" cherry leftover from another project and some 1/2" plywood for making jigs. I stumbled across the shape on line and sketched it up.

All the layers were laminated except for the back. Once the drawer was cut out, the back was glued on and the outer shape was cut. The drawer handle is just free form and glued to the front.

I just have a craftsman 10" bandsaw, but I got some new "supercut" three wheeler blades for it. The narrowest blade they offer is 3/16" so it was a little trouble cutting the tight radiuses, but these blades cut well and brought new life to my little bandsaw.

I don't have a spindle sander (need one before I try this again!), so it was sanded by hand and with an orbital sander. The edges were rounded over with the router. The finish is a clear poly applied with a foam brush. This helped to keep the fuzzies down. I rubbed the finish down with steel wool and brought the shine up with some paste wax. The box is lined with some black velvet that the wife had laying around.

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Who would have EVER thought of laminating Cherry with plywood to achieve such and artistic look. Very clever. Nice job too!
 

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Nice job on this very cute box, I like the finish, glad to see you took your time with it.

I found that you can make a tighter radius if you hone the back corners of the bandsaw blade to round off the corners.
 

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I've been wanting to try my hand at a bandsaw box. I love this one. I think this will be the one I use as the pattern. Well done!
 

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Glad you guyslike it.

Hey Grumpy, what do you use to hone a balade? Sand paper or a file?

Thanks
 

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Sweet bandsaw box. I really like the cherry/plywood combo as well. I have been contemplating this type project for a while, so maybe its time to try.

On the honing of the back of the blade I use an older coarse sharpening stone with a small drop of oil. I start the saw, place the stone on the table behind the blade and slowly/gently rotate the stone along the back side of the blade in a rounding motion. Never lift the stone from the table as it may get pulled from you hands. Nothing dramatic maybe 2-3 passes and that's it. I only do it once to any given blade, as you don't cut on the back so it shouldn't be necessary.
 

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Love the plywood and cherry look! I would have never thought to use plywood on a project like this!

Well done!!
 

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10-4 Woodshead
 

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Thanks for the tip and the compliments. It's a nice little community here at LJ's
 

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Comment #1 is EXACTLY what I was going to say! (great minds think alike).

I'm thinkin you have much better quality plywood than I have.

I may steal this idea if I find some void free ply.
 

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Great job, made one of these myself…just haven't got around to doing all that sanding!
 

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@gfadvm, I think it is baltic birch ply. Great for jigs
 

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PS, I honed the back of the blade last night, using the edge of a sharpening stone. I was able to cut a pretty tight radius in the offcuts with less roughness.
 
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