Bandsaw "Puzzle" Box II--Triple Nesting Set--Amboyna (Narra)

  • Advertise with us
Project by Alex Lane posted 03-05-2009 05:32 AM 16987 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Bandsaw "Puzzle" Box II--Triple Nesting Set--Amboyna (Narra)
Bandsaw "Puzzle" Box II--Triple Nesting Set--Amboyna (Narra) No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

I can’t believe I didn’t post this sooner. So life goes…
I made this as a wedding gift for a couple of my friends. It’s made of Figured Narra, also known as Amboyna when it’s in burl form. It’s based on the same principle of construction as described here.
I learned this technique firsthand from Scott Phillips when he spent a day at my hardwood dealer. I was in the front row, no more than an arms reach away from him most of the time!!! What a great guy!

This box was really special, because it turned into FOUR NESTING BOXES!! I initially meant this box to be a recipe holder for the newlyweds, but I just couldn’t stop making boxes once I started…
The inside of each box and all the inner boxes are finished with Zinsser Seal Coat shellac and the outside box is finished with Seal Coat followed by a coat of Satin wipe-on Poly (Minwax).

See my first bandsaw box also.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

15 comments so far

View Josh Sollows's profile

Josh Sollows

33 posts in 3369 days

#1 posted 03-05-2009 05:36 AM


-- There's nothing like the feel of a wood shop.

View LesB's profile


1720 posts in 3437 days

#2 posted 03-05-2009 07:14 AM

Fascinating. I have enough trouble with compound miters.

-- Les B, Oregon

View NedB's profile


659 posts in 3559 days

#3 posted 03-05-2009 01:59 PM

super project! what size blade are you using?

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2730 posts in 3586 days

#4 posted 03-05-2009 02:59 PM

No that’s ingenuity! Great Job!

-- Dennis Zongker

View BarryW's profile


1015 posts in 3900 days

#5 posted 03-05-2009 05:31 PM

Now that’s some Michigan style jazz…!

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

View Alex Lane's profile

Alex Lane

508 posts in 3884 days

#6 posted 03-05-2009 07:35 PM

I used a 1/8” blade from Nicholson. I didn’t use cool blocks and ruined the blade…

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

View leonmcd's profile


204 posts in 3965 days

#7 posted 03-05-2009 07:44 PM

Looks great!

I have one of these on my to-do list. Hadn’t planned on the nesting but I like it.

What size are the boxes? The largest and the smallest.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

View SPHinTampa's profile


567 posts in 3679 days

#8 posted 03-05-2009 08:15 PM

Very cool

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

View Alex Lane's profile

Alex Lane

508 posts in 3884 days

#9 posted 03-06-2009 06:38 AM

I don’t exactly remember what the size of the box is. Aaahhh, who am I kidding? I never knew what size it was. I ‘free handed’ this box on the bandsaw from a piece of Narra I had originally bought as a “turning blank.” So I think it was 8×4 x 4” but that’s only a guess. I tried to make it fit a 3×5 recipe card on the inside of the biggest box, but the sliding top made that impossible.

At best guess, the finished box is 7×3.5×3.5”


-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

View jSchrock's profile


48 posts in 3430 days

#10 posted 04-05-2009 04:28 PM

cool can’t wait to try one

View Mayara's profile


8 posts in 2837 days

#11 posted 08-16-2010 07:56 PM

Great! Very good project! Congratulations!

-- May -

View woodcrafter47's profile


352 posts in 3099 days

#12 posted 10-06-2010 02:56 PM

How do you cut the center out ?

-- In His service ,Richard

View Alex Lane's profile

Alex Lane

508 posts in 3884 days

#13 posted 10-06-2010 03:04 PM

Click these links for my tutorial:
Bandsaw Box I project

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

View ChadE's profile


10 posts in 2365 days

#14 posted 12-04-2011 07:02 AM

Awesome job!

View ChurchClown's profile


14 posts in 2188 days

#15 posted 05-27-2012 05:16 AM

Thanks so much for posting this box Tilting the table, so that’s how it’s done. Could’nt figure it out for the life of me.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics