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I took up with my bandsaw about two weeks ago, and have done a lot of “proof of principle” things; cutting out curves, resawing, no actual projects per se. Learn the tool, cut up some scrap—purchased from the scrap bins at Woodcrafters for just that purpose.

Some of the scraps were an unidentified creamy pink wood that I laminated together and declared it would become my first “real” bandsaw box. I didn’t lay it out, I just sort of went for it. With a 1/4” ripping blade on a 10” saw.

Yeah, well.

So the lid went by the wayside and the bottom was cut as in insert, and far too thin for a decent glue edge. I learned the word “drift” as it applies to bandsaws. The project, with my half hour of time and $1.50 of wood, should have gone to the fireplace.

But I spotted a piece of paduk thinstock in my scrap bin (a 15-gallon flower pot) and thought I could put that across the bottom of the box. That made for a lidless pink box with a bright orange stripe at the bottom, though. I couldn’t see an orange top as well, although there was plenty of paduk for the job. Then a slab of unidentified burl showed up.

Nice save, is my feeling. Never going to be the masterwork that makes strong men weep and women swoon, but it isn’t firewood, either.

Materials: stange pink wood from outer space, paduk, some random burl. Finish: walnut oil

Edit: The SPWFOS turns out to be Spanish Cedar with pronounced dark veining.


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2795 posts in 1909 days

#1 posted 1889 days ago

We never make mistakes, just mid-term design changes. Looks like it was planned that way. I think it’s a very unique box. I really like the contrast in the woods. Could the creamy pink wood be cherry? Doesn’t matter, looks great.

-- John @

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15683 posts in 2842 days

#2 posted 1889 days ago

Nice save is right! You learned a lot, and ended up with a great box.

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

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2630 posts in 2336 days

#3 posted 1889 days ago

Don’t be so hard on yourself. I really like it!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 1888 days ago

Great looking box.

Great Re-Design? Like huff says, no mistakes, just design changes.

Finnished product is what counts. Great job.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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1737 posts in 2394 days

#5 posted 1888 days ago

That’s a very nice little box.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 1888 days ago

I would have thnought yoiu did that on purpose:-)) Looks nice!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 1888 days ago

nice box Never would have know there was a problem.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1888 days ago

looks good to me ,
and getting to know your tool is a great idea .
saves the wood ,
and the tool .
enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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748 posts in 2952 days

#9 posted 1888 days ago

A nice box. Just goes to support my theory – there is no such thing as a mistake, those moments are just an opportunity for an innovative and creative response. You’ve done well!

We don’t make mistakes, often we create opportunities for creative solutions!

Tony Ward

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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12857 posts in 1958 days

#10 posted 1888 days ago

Great looking box despite it’s dramatic history. What is wrong with mistakes? It’s mainly what I make.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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957 posts in 1895 days

#11 posted 1888 days ago

There are no mistakes – Just opportunities to learn different techniques !! ;-)

I like the box, I feel you did a terrific job… Thank you for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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25 posts in 1895 days

#12 posted 1888 days ago

Thank you all, very much. I’m pretty happy with the results, in fact.


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