Birch Log Bandsaw Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-26-2015 03:49 PM 1579 views 4 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our guild has a bandsaw box contest in December so I cut out this log for my entry. It is 5” diameter and 8 ” long birch log that is not quite dry. I put a magnet in the back of the drawer and a steel plate in the back of the box to hold it shut. I had originally put a groove in the bottom of the drawer to pull it open, but the magnet held too well so I put red bud knob on the front.
The drawer is black flocked on the inside and the inside cavity of the log is flat back painted.

I coated the whole thing with clear matte finish .

Cheers, Jim

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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#1 posted 11-26-2015 03:57 PM

good luck in the contest.

Does the clear finish have enough strength (?) to protect the fine detail on the exterior of the log?

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

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#2 posted 11-26-2015 04:38 PM

I like that Jim, looks like a winner to me!! And Happy Thanksgiving to you also !

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 11-26-2015 04:59 PM

It’s realy nice,but doesn’t this bark make some mess?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 11-26-2015 05:46 PM

COOL Birch Bandsaw Box…


Great Job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 11-26-2015 07:53 PM

That’s one cool box Jim, bet you’ll set the pace in the comp’ with this one, you say the block is not quite dry boy hope it doesn’t go pear shape on you after all that work :)
cheers Bud

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

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#6 posted 11-26-2015 08:12 PM

Did you win?!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 11-26-2015 08:25 PM

I can never find wood that the bark will stay on this good. Nice idea on using a finish.

This box is a looker….....................

-- mike...............

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 11-26-2015 10:28 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I don’t expect to win. I just want to contribute to the contest. I hope we have quite a few entries.

The finish might keep the curled bark on a bit longer but I think it will dry and peel in the future.

Hi Pete. The log is already moving. After the flocking dried, I tried to put the drawer in and it was too tight. the bottom is lifting. I milled 2 grooves in the bottom of the drawer to clear the skids I glued in. Any more movement and I’ll be cutting bottom of drawer thinner.

I may make another one from dried wood!



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

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#9 posted 11-26-2015 10:45 PM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-26-2015 10:52 PM

That’s really nice, Jim. Do tell: How do you manage to liberate the drawer material from a log without cutting all the way through it? And, it seems to me that a hearty spraying of matte Poly, Shellac, or Lacquer might keep the bark intact.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 11-26-2015 11:26 PM

Nice project Jim….who knows, you may win…be positive…lol happy thanksgiving sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 11-27-2015 12:04 AM

That’s really cool Jim. I hope the bark doesn’t come off when it dries properly. That is a very interesting feature.
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#13 posted 11-27-2015 02:24 AM

Now that is an organic band saw box if I ever saw one .
Love the spalted birch Jim it is so interesting when the drawer is open .
Great design using mother natures embellishments on this project and I think it will do well in the competition .
Good luck !!!!


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 11-27-2015 02:49 AM

That is the most original Band Saw Box I have seen!!!! Very clever and very appealing to the eye….....It could be a winner in the contest…...Jim is there a flat spot on the base? I was looking at all the pictures and was wondering how the devil you would hold a round stock safely on the Band Saw?
The Natural look is very nice.



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

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#15 posted 11-27-2015 02:49 AM

Not only did you do a fine job on it, the idea of the magnet with the plate in back is super. A five star plus for this Jim.

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

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