After you either have your hunk of wood chosen, or you’ve glue-up a hunk of wood, it’s time to design your bandsaw box. There are numerous ways of doing this… you can simply freehand the entire thing in a freeform sort of way, or you can draw your design on a piece of paper and then use spray adhesive to attach the cutout design onto the block of wood, or you can draw the lines for the box directly onto the wood, or you can do what I did and use tracing paper.
Since I knew I wanted the drawer to be in the shape of the Penn State Nittany Lion logo, I thought it would also be appropriate to have the overall shape of the box match that curve. So, I enlarged the image a bit more on the printer until it was slightly smaller than the maximum height I had to work with from my glued-up block of beetle kill pine.
I simply cut close to the outline of the image, then used a couple of pieces of masking tape to temporarily stick it to the wood so that it wouldn’t move around while I was tracing. I then stuck tracing paper between the image and the wood and simply traced around the oval of the image. No need to trace any of the other bits of the Lion since I just needed to curvature of the image.
Now if you think about the shape of an oval, it’s not very stable and certainly won’t make for a good bandsaw box base. I took a quarter (the coin), and set it along the bottom edge of the wood block and slid it over until it met up with the bottom edge of the curve of the oval. I traced around the quarter and voila, I had my legs done.
Here’s what the outline of the box looked like after tracing and drawing the legs on:
OK, so there was a little more to it than that. I wasn’t sure I had the oval traced on completely square to the wood, so I got the ruler out and drew some reference lines, which you can see in the photo. I didn’t want the oval to “lean” when on it’s base, so I made sure that everything would be level once cut. No big deal really, just wanted it to look proper, not off-kilter.
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