Bandsawn / Fretsawn, Single drawer box.

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Project by TonyWard posted 07-27-2007 09:52 AM 3518 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This single drawer bandsawn / fret sawn box uses no wood glue or any metal attaching / securing devices to hold the parts together.

There are two main components, (1) the outer shell and the (2) drawer cabinet. The drawer blank was made with the use of a Diamond Fret Saw which has a depth of cut up to 150mm (6”), and a bandsaw, used to bandsaw the outline shape and back section from the drawer blank.

The parts are secured by the use of dowels prepared from the off cut shown on the right in the first image, below, and bamboo and wedges.

The overall size of the finished work is 160mm (6½”) long, 150mm (6”) at it’s tallest and 117mm (4½”) deep (approx.).

Timber used is Australian Red Cedar, finished in a blend of natural oils, the base oil is Tung Oil.


The block ready to be bandsawn to obtain the outline shape.

Inner cut

The outline block on the fret saw table ready to saw the inner shape.

Inner Shape

The drawer blank having being bandsawn also showing the two sections of inner shape waste.

A section was then bandsawn from the rear of the drawer blank, this will become the back of the drawer cabinet.
Drawer Cut

The drawer blank showing the fret sawn drawer blank, note the back of the cabinet is not shown.
Dowel Making

From the same block of Australian Red Cedar dowels were made with the use of a dowel cutter.
Drawer profile

This image shows the drawer, with the dowels in place. Note the drawer blank was hand carved, thereby negating the need to attach the rear of the drawer.

The drawer cabinet assembled, also showing the use of bamboo to secure the drawer front to the drawer and similarly to attach the back to the drawer cabinet. The drawer cabinet was then ready to attach to the outer shell of the box.

Drawer attached to Outer Shell
Image showing the underside of the outer shell of the box and demonstrating the use of dowels to secure the drawer to the outer shell. The larger dowels secure the drawer to the outer shell by wedges; the four 6mm dowels are at an the angle of 45 degrees.


A profile image of the single drawer bandsawn / scroll saw box.

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 11:34 AM

Bravo Tony!! Bravo.

Love the step-by-step as well.. What a beautiful box. Now, does it have a name? (other than the title of this project?)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 11:53 AM

Bravo, Tony. I just love small wooden boxes!

Should be interesting with three boxes in the field.

Best wishes, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 12:23 PM

MsD & Don

thank you. As to a name yes ~ “sawtooth”, does that fit?

Don, I sincerely hope there is more to this part of competition – - – 4 days left

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#4 posted 07-27-2007 01:41 PM

Wow! Nice work thanks for the step by step.

I never heard of a Diamond Fret Saw (I am sure I could fill many books with the things I don’t know :). I’ll move my tool comments to the forums.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 07-27-2007 02:18 PM

Nice work once again Tony
How many of these beautiful boxes have you made so far and what do you do with them all ?
Do you you keep them or sell them?

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 07-27-2007 02:19 PM

Fantastic step-by-step showing. Great final product. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 07-27-2007 02:24 PM

me too, Tony.
We have AMAZING sponsors this time and our entries aren’t up to the numbers we had in the winter.
But .. people have the weekend to finish their projects and get them posted.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 07-27-2007 02:31 PM


re the Diamond Fret Saw ~ here is their site address –

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#9 posted 07-27-2007 02:36 PM

John in Cranbrook

I am struggling to keep up with the number of your unique works, my ambition is to sell, recently the number of gifts and charitable donations is about equal to my sales.

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#10 posted 07-27-2007 04:34 PM

Pretty cool man great ideas! Very nice

Ms. Deb
I bet the numbers triple this weekend! I for one have been busy on a comission and haven’t really had a chance to get started until a night or so ago so… it’s going to be a busy weekend ( I bet for many )


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#11 posted 07-27-2007 05:52 PM

Nothing like good competition! Well done!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Greg Mitchell

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#12 posted 07-27-2007 07:28 PM

Great job Tony. I’ve always thought that the bandsaw boxes were very interesting. Well done.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#13 posted 07-27-2007 08:07 PM

Very nice. Great blog on the process.

I think if I get my project done it will be on the 31st at midnight….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 07-27-2007 08:42 PM

lol don’t forget that there is a TIME deadline as well!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 07-28-2007 01:40 AM

Great job Tony. Nice looking Box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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