I am in the middle of making a lot of Christmas gifts right now. I was going to make an inlayed tray as one of the gifts, but ran into a bit of a problem. Afraid that I wouldn’t finish the tray in time to ship to the east coast for Christmas, I decided to put that project on the back shelf for now and make a bandsaw box instead.
I haven’t made a bandsaw box before, so I’ve decided to document my journey along the way.
Basic bandsaw box construction seems like it can be broken down into the following steps:
1. You need a big hunk of wood… either an entire log, or a hunk of wood that you glue-up yourself, from scraps, mixed species, etc.
2. Once you’ve got your block of wood, you have to design and layout the shape of the box.
(It seems to me that steps 1 and 2 are interchangeable, depending upon if you’re designing your box around the block of wood you have, or whether you’re seeking out your block of wood depending upon the design you have in-mind for the box you want to build.)
3. Cut out the shape or outline of your box.
4. Cut off the back of your box.
5. Cut out the shape of the drawer(s) of your box.
6. Cut off the front and back of the drawer(s) of your box.
7. Cut out the center of your drawer so you’ve got somewhere to put stuff! This is a drawer, meant to hold things, right?
8. Glue on the front and back of the drawer(s) so your stuff doesn’t fall out.
9. Glue on the back of your box so your drawer(s) and all the contents don’t fall out.
10. Apply a finish to your box, but not before any final sanding.
I will be adding a couple of planned steps along the way, as I’ve decided to modify the basic outline to build the bandsaw box I have envisioned. With that being said, I’m sure an unplanned step or two will also sneak in as well since this is my first bandsaw box.
Whether you’ve never built a bandsaw box before and want to learn along with me, or if you’ve built a bandsaw box, or multiples thereof, and are feeling nostalgic or maybe just need a good laugh, feel free to follow along as I try not to butcher my first bandsaw box.
So, without further ado, it’s time for me to build my first bandsaw box!
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."