Simple bandsaw boxes

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Project by Elizabeth posted 09-03-2014 11:29 PM 1743 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over a year ago I posted a bandsaw box project in which I said it was the first of a set of four bandsaw boxes that I did at the same time, assembly-line style. I finally finished the last two yesterday.

My problem was handles. I didn’t know of a way to make them look good made out of wood, and I didn’t know where to go to get small handle hardware. On the first one I made a fingerhole cutout using my oscillating spindle sander, and it worked, so I did that with the other three as well.

They are all made from Western Red Cedar, and I think the starting block for each was 4×4×6 inches. The outer shape was spur-of-the-moment freehand. The inside is lined with adhesive felt.

The two with blue felt linings are going to be gifts for the midwife and assistant midwife who delivered my second son. The assistant was also there for my first son’s birth a few years ago. I have an appointment with them tomorrow so I had a deadline for finishing these!

The one with green lining is mine, I liked its shape best. I finished it a long time ago (10 months?) but never got pictures of it till now.

Finishing gave me a lot of trouble. I started with multiple coats of danish oil but it never seemed to finish sucking it into the end grain. I put on a ridiculous number of coats and always had dry patches. Eventually on recommendation from some LJs I switched to Minwax wipe-on poly. That was all done last year on these boxes, except for a touchup dab of poly on the fingerholes after I cut the holes on the gift pair over the Labor Day weekend. My oscillating spindle sander started acting up just after I started sanding the second box, so since I had started already I had to go ahead and finish and hope the thing wouldn’t blow up on me before I was done. Spoiler alert – it didn’t.

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 02:14 AM

Nice job!

Might try using a 1/4 inch bandsaw blade and cut some handles using two dimensions top view and side to make them? I’m sure you can do it. :<) Your a mom and a LumberJock!

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 12:23 PM

Nice flowing shapes. I agree with DocSavage that with your skill & attention to detail, next time try cutting some pulls in a shape you like. You could just practice on some scrap pieces when you get time (Ha).

I’ve been using CA adhesive to attach pulls to most of my boxes now. Your boxes were a lot nicer than my 1st one!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 01:50 PM

Elizabeth – I neglected to mention that I’ve been using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (Satin) for most of my boxes… really like to way it goes on & the end results.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#4 posted 09-05-2014 04:30 AM

Elizabeth, there is nothing wrong with simple. I like the non-handle handle. You did an especially nice job of photographing your projects. This finish technique may interest you. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 09-05-2014 09:32 PM

Nice looking band saw boxes! Keep them coming.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 11:48 AM

Hi Elizabeth, those look awesome, you did a very nice job!, might I suggest on your next set try rounding over the edges on both the box and the drawers and see how you like it. If you want to center the drawers better inside of the cavities you can put very thin runners on the bottom of the drawers placing them so that they are running the length of the drawers you’ll need a bench belt sander for that as you’ll be doing some sanding but it doesn’t take much so you have to do a lot of trial fits.

Oh the handles I can help you here as well as I make all mine, start off with a 3/8” thick x 3/4 tall x Length this would depend on your own preference and the width of the drawer front, piece of wood, round the edges on the length of the top and bottom sides leaving the part glued to the drawer face untouched, On your bench disc sander lay the piece flat on the stop plate with the top part of the handle facing the disc then start rounding over each end so that it looks like a half moon shaped handle re round over the edges and you got your self a set of drawer pulls.

Oh the finishing here is my method and it’s been working great for me, I put one coat of tung oil to give it the oil look and pop of the wood, if I know there’s going to be end grain or areas that are going to soak the finish up I then go over it with a single coat of non-wax shellac from bulls eye, this will act as a top coat sealer and you’ll have to go back over it with a 600 grit sanding paper, the shellac will seal the wood so the next coat stays on top then put your coat of wipe on poly over that.

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