Italian Bandsaw Box

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Project by joejt posted 12-05-2014 05:55 AM 1920 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lidded bandsaw box in the form of Italy which I recently completed to be used as a gift which will be drawn at a Christmas party for a group of people who are studying the Italian Language and customs.

This box is somewhat unique because it also includes the island of Sicily,and a lot of detail on the shoreline and borders.

The box is made of alder and is a glue-up of 3 layers of 3/4” wood. It is finished with Shellac and top coated with gloss lacquer. After final rub-out I applied some paste wax.

The overal length is about 11 inches.

In the second picture, I have included a picture of a similar box made in the shape of the state of Texas.

The third picture shows the boxes with their lids removed. There is not a lot of storage space, but they can be used for small items or candy.

-- joejt

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 06:55 AM

Beautiful boxes and wonderful gift.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 08:37 AM

You did a great job of cutting those on your band saw. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 04:47 PM

I’m not familiar with making boxes…but how do you make the lid and how would you go about hollowing out the inside of the box: plunge router and bushing maybe?

Really like the box!


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#4 posted 12-05-2014 06:06 PM


No routers! All done with bandsaw.

to make a box like this:

start with a thick blank.

draw or glue the pattern on the blank

Follow the pattern, cutting with bandsaw. (I used a 1/8” blade)

Using the bandsaw, slice off the top and bottom
set aside the top and bottom

Cut the box interior – make an entry cut (I usually make it along the grain to be less visible)
cut out the inside staying approx 1/4” from the edge. Try to make this a smooth cut because part of it will be glued to the lower side of the lid as an alignment/retainer
Exit blade thru entry slot.

glue a filler in the entry slot. Filler is to replace the sawkerf. I determine thickness by clamping bottom panel to the hollowed out middle and carefully aligning the outside edges. This reveals the correct thickness of the shim.

Slice about 1/4” thickness from the top of the waste piece from the “hollowing-out” exercise. This 1/4” piece will be glued to the lower side of the top panel to align and keep the panel in place.

Clamp the top panel in place, aligned precisely with the center section.

Glue in the 1/4” piece

Remove clamps.

Sand interior surfaces

Glue bottom panel to center piece.

Box is done. Now hours of sanding and finishing. The exterior.

-- joejt

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 06:15 PM

Very cool bandsaw box concept. Beautiful work I am sure it will be cherished.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 06:20 PM


You could have done a blog with your explanation. LOL! Your pretty good with that band saw. I’m envious!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 08:42 PM

I like, you did a wonderful job. Compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 10:47 PM

Very nice Project indeed Joe! Well done also. Thanks for Posting.

Regards: Rick

-- Made In Ontario, CANADA

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 03:47 AM

Great boxes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 12-06-2014 01:47 PM

Nice work! Warms my heart! I’m Sicilian!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 12-06-2014 08:17 PM

I’m glad that you appreciate that Sicily is part of the Bandsaw box.. It is often left off on displays of Italy and I wanted to make sure it was included. After I cut the outline, it just diidn’t look right. I thought about using some color gradient, but as I was placing the top, I decided to cut the Strait of Messina and voila! I got the dimension to put the whole piece in perspective. Notice the notch at the toe of the boot.

-- joejt

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#12 posted 12-08-2014 01:46 PM

Yes, I see that notch, That worked out perfect! I see you got a “Daily Top 3” Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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