Bandsaw box for customer in Colorado

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-08-2016 10:20 PM 1050 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rather traditional bandsaw box with a bit of a twist.

Made for a customer in Colorado, I decided to incorporate a piece of lightly quilted Aspen I scored in a pile of regular plain Aspen in my local Lowe’s. I didn’t know at the time what I would use it for, then this came up and it seemed like a natural. It is on the drawer fronts, and the back of the box.

I laid out all the original walnut drawer fronts on one piece of the quilted aspen so they would seem to be one running grain, so to speak. Then I cut them out and glued them to the drawers, and sanded and finished as usual.

The main front frame piece is old growth Tennessee Walnut, harvested just SE of me in the edge of the Smokie mountains. The inner wood are lesser, mostly oak and I think one layer of sapale. The back is again, the quilted Aspen.

I almost always use some brightly colored wood for the handles, which I epoxy on. In this case, African Paduak.
Mostly, it is a standard box, 14.5” long by 5.25” high, and 5.25” deep.

But for this fellow living in Colorado Springs, he will appreciate the use of Aspen. I sent him pics, and he was thrilled with the use of the aspen, so I guess I guessed right!

As always, if you want, copy it to your hearts content!

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 11:29 PM

I sure will. Your box is a piece of art, well expressed. Beautiful!.

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#2 posted 01-09-2016 10:37 AM

very nicely done.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#3 posted 01-09-2016 11:59 AM

That’s really nice. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-09-2016 12:54 PM

Very nice. Also those are nice cutting boards in the background.

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

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#5 posted 01-09-2016 01:13 PM

WOW!! What a beautiful piece, how much time did you have in it?

-- "Beef"

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 02:06 PM

Woods used, design, execution – Impressive!
Paul – are the drawers lined or flocked?
I’ve been thinking I might want to try flocking, but haven’t done so. If that’s what you do, how do you go about it?

It would be nice not to have to do all the sanding on the inside of the box drawers!


-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#7 posted 01-10-2016 12:07 AM

I use felt that I buy by the yard at any fabric store. I use spray contact cement. Either 3M 77 or 90. Seems to work well. Felt is only about $5 a yard, in 60” widths, so I get a LOT of drawers out of a yard.
Personally, I hate flock, it tends to spread around a bit too much for me.

I only do the bottom of the drawers – the inner backside and frontside are left open. I do sand them before glueup so they are not too abrasive. It has not seemed to bother my sales. Most pieces lie on the bottom of the drawer, anyway.

The sanding on the outer part of the drawers is mostly done on a 6X48” belt sander running a 120 grit belt. I hand sand the fronts of the drawers, and some of the tight spaces. I router all the edges of the drawers and the openings, plus the back. Softens up the whole unit in a fast and efficient manner.

The final unit is finished in three coats of lacquer, buffed and waxed with either Johnson’s Paste Wax or Butcher’s Paste wax. In this case, due to the darker colors of most of the woods, I used Johnson’s.

Chuck – these are usually the most unprofitable units I build – bandsaw boxes. I have about four hours into this total, and I charged $65. That may seem low, but what the market will bear, you know the drill.
I figure that most of this wood was lying on my scrap pile, save for a bit of the aspen, so the wood is only $4-6 dollars of the total.
Making $60 on the rest is $15 an hour. Not enough to support a full time business, but more than enough to support a “folding money” business, which is what I run since I am essentially retired. (As far as the Gov. is concerned!)

Some things I make a solid $20 an hour or better – like my golf club hat racks, and most guitars. It all depends. But people like these boxes, and I sell quite a few of them.
This one is sold, and the owner emailed me and asked if I could make two more for his daughters, somewhat different than his – and simpler. So it keeps me busy.
I don’t complain…I have work to do, and people who want my work. Who could ask for more?

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#8 posted 01-10-2016 02:48 AM

Very nice box Paul, your woods contrast nicely. Bandsaw Boxes are fun, but your’s is a whole new level of fun – well done. I just visited your website – you are very talented my friend. I love that Guitar Bandsaw Box that you made, I have a Son that collects guitars – he has about 70 or 80 – I might try to figure out how to draw that pattern and make him one.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 01-11-2016 12:43 PM

Feel free! I do know it took a while for that to sell.
I had it in a guitar store, (he used it as a pick holder while it was on sale), and I finally put it in an art gallery, of all things. No other woodworkers! It sold pretty quick there.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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