First Bandsaw Box #1: Progress on First Bandsaw Box

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 04-23-2011 05:07 AM 3401 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, many of you know I don’t have alot of time….but I’ve been squeaking in some here and there to make my first bandsaw box….a few pictures if you please, Mr. Computer…

I glues together a bunch of old drawer mistakes and pieces of processed American Elm to make the lump that’s becoming my first bandsaw box….I have a huge pile of American Elm lumber I’ve had a good 5 years now…but very little of it has been used….so why not make something…here’s the big glue-up:
then I’ve cut the drawers out…done some sculpting with a second hand wood file I found at a garage sale…etc…
and now I’ve just finished the top drawer….no pulls as yet…bottom two drawers have to be completed….it’s sanded to 220 right now…320 then 400 later….probably a Warco Danish Oil finish later…but more on that another time…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 05:16 AM

I like it

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 05:42 AM

bravo barry

so happy you are able to get some time
to do something you dream of doing

i know the frustration
of looking at all the amazing projects
and only dreaming of having the time to even try them

my prayers to you and your mom
for this easter time
and am looking forward
to seeing more of you and the joy your work brings you

and to us too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 06:55 AM

It’s shaping up really nice.

I cannot even see the saw entry point…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 07:56 AM

@Lanwater....I did my best to glue them back in place since I knew that the saw kerf and sanding would give me some space for the drawer….I think gluing the saw spaces is a matter of choice….one can enhance them with smoothing/sculpture….and one can glue the kerf back together….on this particular one, I thought gluing it back in place to be the choice. Looking closely, it’s not perfect…but better than a kerf, I think. I’ve spent alot of time looking at others bandsaw boxes thinking about what I liked and what I didn’t. Since this is my first, I wanted to make it close to what I think the form ought to be. It’s not entirely what I think a bandsaw box ought to be….and there are many options for such things…but as my first I did want to say something….and gluing the kerf and doing the best to sand away the details….since this is essentially a sculptural statement in wood. There are probably hundreds of thousands of these out there. I wanted my first to be better than some who say it’s their first. That’s not to diminish their efforts….but I am 59 years old…and I’ve had a lifetime of wanting to make a more creative effort with my life. I have little time to spend creating things from wood….or writing poetry… of my other “hobbies”....but these are parts of my creative life….giving thought to a process…what it is we want to say, what it is we want to see in a finished product…..these are things about which anyone who makes or creates must contemplate. I’m just one of thousands who make an effort…perfect? no, this is not….I can find all kinds of things I don’t like about it…but I’ve learned from this project. And isn’t that what this art/hobby/quest/vocation is all about? I’ve learned something that I probably should have learned years ago in high school. Now, now….it’s as good a time as any.

@David Thank you for those prayers….and for your continued inspiration….you are always ten thousand steps ahead of me….but all great journeys have a beginning and I make the little steps I am able…

@cabmaker all too slowly….a week of fleeting moments here and there when mother’s asleep….so I’m glad you like it….a small labor of love…..and I’ve decided to give it to my local mentor, a close friend of my late father’s, with whom I have lunches once a month….a man of 89 who remains healthy and aware….when it’s done naturally….hoping I can finish it by the end of the month.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 01:18 PM

Barry, It looks like you are off to a pretty good start on this box. I have yet to try one of these but do have them on my to do list. Yours certainly is an inspiration to get into the shop and get busy! I am looking forward to seeing the finished box.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 03:29 PM

Nice job for your first bandsaw box..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 03:36 PM

I like how you shaped off the drawers – looks like they are floating.

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