Bandsaw Box #1: What the wife wants, the wife gets.

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Blog entry by WoodenSoldier posted 07-02-2010 10:41 AM 6403 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I came home from work one day to find the February 2008 copy of Woodworker’s Journal out on the kitchen table with a post-it-note on it that said, “Make me one of these except with dolphins.”
The article was about a bandsawn box with a ying-yang design. My wife saw that it was made with a bandsaw and wanted me to make it because she’s still mad at me for buying the band saw and not telling her until afterward. Now I announce to her every time I use it so that she knows it’s not sitting collecting dust (actually it’s collecting a lot of saw dust).

Anyhow, so I asked her to sketch a design she had in mind and of course she came up with something difficult beyond my beginner skills. But who was I to not give it a shot anyway? So I bought a chunk of cherry and a 1/8 inch blade and got to work.

I soon reminded myself of a term we use a lot in the Army. KISS: Keep it simple, Stupid. As I cut this thing I knew there was going to be tons of cleanup work.
Here it is after all the pieces are cut out from the block.


And here’s the state its in now.


Getting close, but still lots of sanding in tight corners.
Another problem I ran into was that I used spray adhesive to glue the pattern to the blank. After drilling the holes I peeled off the paper and found that the spray adhesive left a terrible gummy surface that I couldn’t sand out because it just gummed up the sandpaper. So I was forced to use the back and drill holes in that side as well.
I am not sure what to finish it with? I’ve never used cherry before. Any suggestions or criticism is welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 12:12 PM

I consider myself to be a bandsaw noob, and I would be thrilled to be able to cut out something so detailed. As for finish, I have always been a fan of sprayed shellac. Recently I have used a little transtint dye to tweak the tones a little, but clear dewaxed shellac should bring out the natural colors of cherry nicely.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 01:50 PM

Sweet. That is quite some complicated design to start out with.

I use Ronson Lighter Fluid to remove gummy labels. We keep the squirt bottle in the kitchen and use it all the time. Removes chewing gum and band-aid residue too. Much better than the stuff with oil in it, as it leaves no trace. I bet it might work for this.

I love cherry. Sanding sealer and then a tung oil finish. It will darken quickly once it sees some daylight.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 02:51 PM

Another way to attach the pattern is to cover the side you use with clear packing tape and the spray the adhesive on that. A trick used with scrollsaw cutting.

I am going to have to dig out my magazine and try this one. Very Nice


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#4 posted 07-02-2010 04:02 PM

I like the design as well, its really cool. Seer will have to try out the clear packing tape method that sound great. Can’t wait to see the finish product…BC

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 04:08 PM

I use a lot of spray adhesive on scroll saw projects. While mineral spirits will remove the glue, I prefer to just use a heat gun when removing the paper. A brief exposure to the heat and the paper peels off with almost all the adhesive going with it.

Good job on the bandsaw box!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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