My First Bandsaw Box #1: Overview

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Blog entry by Jonathan posted 12-11-2010 05:39 AM 3276 reads 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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."

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 11:56 AM

I can hardly wait to see what you come up with.,... I do however know it will be something fantastic…
You might find this helpful…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 03:09 PM

Thanks for the series.

Band saw boxes are loads of fun, Jonathan.

I’ve been asked to blog the making of a band saw puzzle box. I’ve made the box and taken all the pictures, now I need to put the blog together.

My first band saw box was made from a 2” cube. I whipped it out in fifteen minutes as a proof of concept. It worked. It looked just terrible, but it quickly gave me a sense for the basic process. Leading up to the gift season, I’m making one or more a day. I live in Lansing, Michigan where the temperature hasn’t broken freezing in ten days, so I’m cold doing it, but the boxes are still fun.

I’m looking forward to the other installations in your first band saw box series.

Message me if you have questions I might be able to help with.


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Pete Jansen

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 04:27 PM

I’m also working on my first 2 bandsaw boxes for gifts. I purchased an oscillating drum sander from
to help with them. It makes sanding the inside of the box where the drawers slide in much easier.
Don’t let anybody fool you either, it’s a ton of sanding, both power and hand. I’m not sure I’ll
get mine done in time. I’ll have to get out in the shop today and sand some more. It’s been a
bit cold here in Colorado lately. Makes you want to stay warm in the house and just think about
your many projects that are half done.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 10:53 PM

Thanks for the information and words of encouragement guys!

Larry, I somehow missed that one of yours, so I’m glad you linked it up here.

Russ, I’m looking forward to reading your blog and possibly tackling one of the puzzle boxes if this one goes well.

Pete, I used my oscillating spindle sander to help out on it a little this morning before heading in to work, but most of the sanding so far has either been done by hand, or a little bit of the outside shaping was done with my ROS. My spindle sander is currently in our unheated garage, so yes, it was pretty cold out there. I am fortunate that my shop is in the basement of our house, so the temperature is always manageable. The downside is that my hours of operation are limited… I don’t want to wake my wife up early in the morning, or keep her up at night with tools whirring away down there.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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