Sphere Jig Storage Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-30-2015 12:36 PM 1981 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a storage box I made for my sphere cutting jig ( to keep all the parts in one place and to keep it from rusting and not getting banged around in one of my drawers. The shell is made from 1/2” maple plywood and the holders are made from various thickness maple plywood. All joints are lock-mitered together and then the curve was cut afterward. It is finished with Danish oil natural and clear Poly and waxed. The last shot is of the first two spheres I cut using the jig. The left one is mesquite and the right one is spalted beech wood ( a beech ball )

I almost had to scrap the box or find a higher band saw. I was not thinking when I did the calculation for overall size. It came out at 12 1/4 and my band saw is 12” high with the riser. So I looked at what would make my blade guide higher and I took off the guide rollers, that gained 1/8”. The guide holder was hitting the frame on top and would go no higher so I took it to the mill and removed 1/8” off the top and I had it made .

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 01:04 PM

Nicely fitted box just the way tools like this should be kept .
I like that band saw mod ,where there is a will there is a way .LOL
The two spheres look very precise and clean and crisp proving the attachment works well .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 01:43 PM

First of all those sferes are beautiful. Wood is realy nice.Very fancy box, especialy curved line.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-30-2015 01:55 PM

Very nice looking box and an ingenious way of storing the jig.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 09-30-2015 02:32 PM

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 04:07 PM

Outstanding in all respects! Nothing like custom fitted storage for a special tool—especially a tool you designed and built.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-30-2015 04:46 PM

This is a beautiful storage box and perfect for what you made it for. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Arlin Eastman

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 06:30 PM


I like both sphere’s but the one on the right is just outstanding. I still have not been out to the garage or tried my sphere jig yet. But a box for it would be a great idea.

I also like how you did your bandsaw riser. I would somehow like to make mine better for dust collection since it has so many open spaces underneath of it.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 09-30-2015 08:25 PM

Icing on the cake Jim, boy you sure know how to do a complete build package, great job mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 09-30-2015 08:42 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This box was a necessity so I don’t lose parts of it. As it is, I bought a pair of those round 12mm carbide inserts and managed to lose one the day I opened them. I must have dropped it between the basement shop and the barn. If anyone need wood turning carbide inserts, look at a site called Arizona Carbide in north Phoenix. They have the best prices I could find and the cutters are top shelf.

Hi Arlin, I made the dust collector on my bandsaw come in right under the table and the PVC dust port actually goes around the blade and the bottom roller guides. It still does not get it all!! Here is the blog I did on it:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 09-30-2015 08:49 PM

You nailed it Jim. A tool with many parts needs a home. I like how you cut the box with the s curve. Different than the norm. Cool stand for the beech, beach ball.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 09-30-2015 10:51 PM

I’m reminded of the way scientific, medical, surveying, navigating instruments of old were kept in boxes that were as artful as their contents. This is special, Jim.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 10-01-2015 12:02 AM

Jim, Fantastic Project!!!!!! Very well done. Always good to see tools sitting snugly in a special case. Those Spheres turned out well too, nice finish. You will certainly find lots of use for your home made Sphere Turning Jig. Regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 10-01-2015 12:09 AM

Very nice storage box Jim, I take the easy way out and buy a plastic box when needed. Great to see the results with the spheres, real nice and like the stand.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 10-01-2015 12:23 AM

Thanks Dave,Mark, Cliff and Bob. I don’t make a lot of boxes unless they have a purpose so I thought this would be the time!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-01-2015 01:24 AM

Very nice Jim, should keep that jig all safe and sound.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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