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I made these bandsaw boxes as Christmas gifts for my family. I drew the designs myself and below is a link to a PDF of the drawings if anyone is interested in trying these. They are designed to be cut from 5.5" wide lumber and the radius of the curves can be cut using a 1/4" blade. I glued up pieces of a 2×6 western red cedar board from Home Depot with a piece of pine sandwiched in between. The drawers are lined with self-stick felt. A couple of the boxes have pine feet glued on to kick them up a notch. The round knobs came from Hobby Lobby. The other drawer pulls were cut from pine and I sanded a curve on the front.

I've experimented with different types of entry cuts and back pieces on these. I've found that entry cuts are best hidden if you cut along a grain line. I actually prefer cutting drawers that have one side of the drawer exposed and no entry cut to glue back together and hide. Cutting the back from a separate piece of wood is a good option if you have a small bandsaw, or if you need to cover up that you made a mistake and forgot to slice off the back before cutting the drawers like I did. ;)

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What a great looking box set! I would mind having a bedroom set that looks just like these!
Good job!
 

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Steve, A very nice collection. I like the traditional dresser look and I too agree that the draws with no entry cut is even better.
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These are all very cool ,super design and workmanship.
 

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Those boxes are truly amazing.

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Very nice! Thanks for the PDF. I haven't tried making a bandsaw box but it is a project the i would like to try. Thanks for posting.
 

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Steve, these are really nice looking boxes. I enjoy making boxes as well….can't get enough of them.
 

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Nicely done. Except for the 2-drawer with the top arc, you did a superb job of hiding the entry cut (when there was one). I will have to plan my next boxes better to avoid the obvious entry cut(s).
 

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Very original and cool designs. Looks like you're really getting the hang of it. Practice makes perfect They'll only get better and easier.
 

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A very nice set of band saw boxes.
 

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Wonderful band saw boxes! Look like classic miniature dressers.

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Really good job on the BS boxes, nice cut lines, good finish on them too
 

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your bandsaw boxes are wonderful. Nice clean and crisp. Nice work and thanks for the pdf patterns. I will surely make use of them one day.
 

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Steve I really like your collection of boxes. I am going to try some of these myself. Thanks for the PDF.

Just wondering what blade your using and if you use cool blocks or just standard roller bearings.

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@Charlie75 I use a 1/4" skip tooth blade with 3 or 4 tpi. I design my boxes so they can be cut with 1/4" blade. I have a Craftsman 12" bandsaw/sander from the 80s and it just has the stock blade guides and bearings. I think the key to cutting these is a low 3 or 4 tpi blade.
 

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Thanks Steve. You had a great influence on my desire to try making some of these boxes. I downloaded and printed the PDF files.
I discovered you by running across your video of the box you made for your daughter's birthday. I even showed that video to my wife. She loved the interaction between the two of you.
Now if I can get my saw tuned up and some stock blued up I am going to try some of these. I do have a 1/4" blade in my saw.. Only difference is mine is 6 tpi. I may have to look for a 3 or 4 tooth. What brand do you like? The one I have is a Carter.

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Thanks Charlie! That's cool that you are going to try some boxes. They are fun and people love them. I've used 6 tpi before too and it works fine. Just go slow and try to let the blade pull the workpiece from you as it cuts, as opposed to pushing it with lots of pressure into the blade. I like the Olson hook tooth and skip tooth blades from Woodcraft.com for around $15. Those have bigger gullets between the teeth and pull the sawdust out of the cut better, which makes cutting thick blocks easier. Lowes has a 1/4" 6tpi Bosch blade for about $8 that fits my saw and works well in a pinch, but sometimes the weld is off of those causing noise and vibration. They also tend to dull and break quicker than the Olsons.
 

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Thanks Steve. The 6 tooth I am using now is a Olson for Woodcraft. Have you ever used Timberwolf? I see a lot on here do. The one problem I have is my saw takes a 99.75" blade and there is not a lot of variety in that size. My local Woodcraft does not carry a big variety so I may have to go on line.
 

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I've never used a Timberwolf. I hear they are good, but they are a little more expensive. I might try one next if I have the funds.
 
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