3 in 1 Drawer Bandsaw Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-13-2015 05:20 PM 2465 views 4 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bandsaw box that was supposed to be in the BS Box competition at the Dec Guild meeting, but it was not finished in time. It is made from 3 layers of walnut and the front is female box elder. The top curve is cut to follow the red grain of the box elder. I decided to make it a little out of the standard mode by cutting out the big drawer and cutting the drawer in 3 pieces. In order for the 3 drawers not to slide on each other I needed slides on the inside but they had to be pretty thin. So I cut them in on the bandsaw at an angle so the cut did not come out in the front.

I found an office drawer partition that was just the right thickness for the saw kerf and I cut 6 pieces to make the slides.

I mounted 10 mm magnets in the back of the drawers and a strip of steel onto the back and 2 shims to get the drawers to sit flush.
My projects never go without incident and this was no exception. I had planned on sawing the kerfs with the band saw but dumb old me got ahead of myself and glued up the cut where I went in to remove the drawer so I had to cut one on the other side. Anyway it worked fine.
It is 5×10 x 5 high. I made 3 different length brass pulls and finished the box with Danish oil and then gloss lacquer and steel wool buff and wax.

This will be a Christmas gift.

cheers, Jim

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

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 05:29 PM

Quite nice, Jim. I like the mixed wood and the brass pulls.
I’ve never made a band saw box that proceeded without incident….actually, I’ve never made anything that proceeded without incident.
Makes life interesting.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 05:34 PM

Thanks, Gene. Having incidents keeps us in practice of how to recover without scrapping the project!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 06:27 PM

That is nice Jim. I like the 3 in 1 drawer idea. As usual another classy project !!!

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

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#4 posted 12-13-2015 06:51 PM

Very nicely designed and crafted. Attractive choice of contrasting woods and innovative drawer slide system. I’ve been thinking about using a magnet at the drawer back and appreciate your approach on this point. A real winner! Thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 12-13-2015 07:20 PM

The curves make this a real classy piece Jim, plus the contrast timbers, lovely little compact draw set
well done mate

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

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#6 posted 12-13-2015 07:21 PM

Very nice box

-- "The Cedar King"

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#7 posted 12-13-2015 07:25 PM

Well Jim, that’s a novel, and practical, method of handling multiple drawers. I like it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 12-13-2015 07:52 PM


Very cool Bandsaw box… Conventional look with freeform thrown in… COOL!

I guess those slides were aluminum? COOL way you cut those Slide slots! That’s thinking Inside the box! :)

Whoever gets it will LOVE it!

Thank you &
Merry Christmas!

I guess you’re in AZ now… What was that city… again?

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2015 08:20 PM

Very nice Jim. I like the contrasting woods and design. Looks gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 12-13-2015 09:16 PM

Thanks Mark, John, Pete, Todd , John, Joe and Roger!!

Hi John. I use a lot of those 10mm rare earth magnets, I bought a stack of 50 on Ebay and then bought the 10mm forstner bit on there too. They are very handy and easy to use. They have a countersunk hole in them but it is so small, I epoxy them in

Hi Joe, the slides are .035” steel and painted. I epoxied them in and then painted the inside of the box flat black.
I’m still in Michigan until the 28th. One more turning guild meeting next week, install my new lathe and then I’ll be packing. We are in Casa Grande, Az.



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

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#11 posted 12-13-2015 09:16 PM

Well done Jim. Very nice box.

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

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#12 posted 12-13-2015 09:47 PM

Great looking box Jim. Very interesting design and the way you made it. I have wanted to find a place to buy small knobs for the drawers. Thanks for sharing and congrats for making #1

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 12-13-2015 10:09 PM

Nice bandsaw box Jim. I really dig the drawer slides. The wood combo hit the nail on the head. I like the counter sink hole magnets too.

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

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#14 posted 12-13-2015 10:40 PM

I like this a lot Jim, it looks more ‘constructed’ than most bandsaw boxes do, which is meant as a compliment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 12-13-2015 11:30 PM

Real nice Jim, like the way you have done the drawers, agree with Stefang, it is a little bit more than a normal band saw box. Well done.

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

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