Band Saw Boxes

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Project by woodspar posted 06-06-2007 05:46 PM 2544 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a book called “Making Wood Boxes with a Band Saw” by Tom Crabb. I had an old shipping pallet that had a big chunk of wood on it. I am showing you part of the wood in the picture and the box that I made from the wood. I like the way the grain wraps around the box.

I also tried to make a round box by cutting out the round shape with the band saw just a bit (no pun intended) bigger (1/4”) than my largest forstner bit. The bit is so big that it bogged down my bench top drill press, so I had to go really slowly. I got the idea of making a round box from Thomas Porter’s spectacular Eucalyptus Burl Small Jewelry Box.

All in all these were fun quick projects/experiments. These are not finished, I might just hit them with a bit of shellac, but I like the natural look of them. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks for viewing.

-- John

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#1 posted 06-06-2007 06:16 PM

Nice job…I need to try making one. I keep seeing others and just never seem to get to it myself.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 06-06-2007 06:18 PM

I like the natural look as well—those grain lines!!!! Awesome.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 06:44 PM

I love those little boxes. I’ve often thought I’d like to play around with making some. Those look great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-06-2007 06:54 PM

Small boxes are great practice because there is not much room for error.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 04:55 AM

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feedback. I enjoyed making them. Bob, and Mot, just go for it!

-- John

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#6 posted 06-07-2007 05:52 AM

Great grain in that pallet wood. Very nice.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 06:12 AM

Very nice John – I have new found respect for pallet wood, that grain is awesome.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 06-07-2007 04:36 PM

Thanks guys,

If I could only have two power / bench tools in the shop I think that I would pick the drill press and the band saw.

-- John

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 09:06 PM

Nice grain. Nice looking box. You could’nt have gotten better looking wood at a lumber yard. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-13-2007 08:44 AM

With the simple tools you mention, a larger box could be made by slicing off the top AND bottom as well. You then could drill out the inner circle with a series of holes and then jig saw the center hole out/ thats the technique i used for my compass stand because MY forstner bit, “bit the dust,” as well, attempting to remove the wood in that manner. With the nice grain you have, the reattached bottom should blend right in and be unnoticeable. You might even consider a contrasting wood for the bottom and perhaps laminating a piece of the same into the box itself. (And should I make one MYSELF, I wont post here since it would be a variation on YOUR theme.) Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan

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#11 posted 07-17-2007 01:18 AM

hey these are cool john—I am actually messing around like you with some bandsaw boxes too…just grabbed a 2×4 scrap and started winging it…

I am with you – the band saw is pretty versatile tool, I always see people do something and think “ANOTHER good use of a band saw, how creative” – funny thing is I think my table saw gets more revs than any tool in the shop…

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#12 posted 07-17-2007 04:19 AM

Great Boxes. I’ve bought a 1/2 dozen books on bandsawn boxes but have yet to make any. But I love the details, or the simplicity of them.

Great job on recycled materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 07-18-2007 10:22 PM

Thanks guys on your responses. I actually have some hardwoods that I would like to try. I will post them when I get to them. (I have a piece of walnut, but it is like a rock! How do you guys work the stuff? :-)

-- John

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