Living Tree bandsaw jewelry box

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Project by Tennessee posted 10-19-2015 02:57 PM 1234 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not put up a project in a LONG time, so I thought it was about time to put up or shut up…

I have made a number of these now, and for some reason even though they are way more expensive in pricing than my other bandsaw boxes, they just sell. I’ve sold a few through my museum store, one went to a guy in Philadelphia, one to some other couple, and now this one just today I put on Etsy, to see if I can kickstart that doggone site.

I will say about Etsy, that I put up a dozen golf club hat racks, sold one right away at a really nice price, then nothing for over a month, lowered my pricing a little, still nothing, then got an email from a guy in the NE who is putting up a wintertime golf simulator, and he wanted six. Sale… Go figure.

Ok, this unit is made up totally of scrap wood I generate doing other things. It stands 14” tall, is 10” wide, and a little over 4” thick, although you could make it about any size you want, save for not too small.
The beauty is I don’t need a piece of wood over about 14.5” long, and most of it is no more than 2” wide. I glue up the planks, plane them, glue them up to form the “box”, which comes out about 14.5 X 10.5 X 4. I start cutting from there. You can see the layers I have to make up the box. I put lesser woods in the middle, in this case #2 white oak I had lying around. Save the walnut and figured cherry for the front and back. I’ve discovered that the initial impression of the front, the POP you see when you first look at one is what sells it. So I always try to use some kind of figured wood or something exotic on the front. We always have scrap wood around, so this is a great way to make some money or a great gift with it. And after gluing, it is solid as a rock and the glued up pieces will never warp, crack or move.

It ends up with some kind of exotic scrapwood pulls, in this case redheart, from a little piece I had left over from somewhere. The “swimming fish” design is something I use a lot. Again, you can use whatever you want. The pulls are epoxied on with 3500PSI Locktite. The drawers sometimes have hidden drawers in the back, this one does not. Instead, I have thirteen drawers, two of which have dividers inside.

I finish it all with about three coats of rattle can lacquer, usually Deft gloss. Little buff and paste wax, and I am ready to put in the felt inside. I only felt the rounded bottoms of the drawers, not the flat backs or fronts inside. No one seems to mind, and it is a heck of a lot easier, since all the drawers are usually the same depth.

Hopefully this one will be some nice present to someone for Christmas!
As always, copy it if you want to!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 10-19-2015 03:43 PM

That is REALLY nice. Can you email me the plans for it please.

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2015 04:57 PM


Looks a little like your guitar bodies?

Glad you are selling! Keep up and keep on!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 10-19-2015 05:01 PM

This is very creative and I sure do like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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View Tennessee's profile


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#4 posted 10-19-2015 05:46 PM

Thanks, everyone.
Arlin, there are no plans that I know of. I just found one online one day and decided to copy it.

I can tell you this.
Create your block. In my case, a little over 14” high, 10.5” wide, and about 4.25” thick. I usually cut mine neat, since I find that any unlevel glue or ridges just have to be removed later anyway.
Draw out the outside shape on the face and bandsaw it out.
After basic sanding, cut off the back cover. I usually go about 3/16” thick.
Then, I need to make one line all the way around the perimeter on the face, about 1/2” in from the outside, not including the bottom. Only put the line on the sides and top.
Cut out the center piece you just outlined.
From there, you can draw your drawers any way you want them, and easily cut out the drawers, leaving the inside “tree”. I then glue the back onto the big ring I created when I cut out the inside section, at the same time gluing the tree back in and clamp the two little cuts on the bottom of the tree where it touches the outside ring.

The drawers are made like any bandsaw box, and you can find instruction all over the Internet for that. For this, the only major difference is the inside tree section is cut out so you can cut out the drawers.
BTW, I do not reglue the little ends of the tree branches back to the ring. I do glue the tree and branches to the back, and the back is glued to the ring, and the bottom of the tree is glued to the ring where it was initially cut, so it all holds together.


-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 05:49 PM

Doc, I have tried to tone down some of my guitar bodies, but people want what they want!! Color sells, especially natural colored wood.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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