Sycamore and Mahogany bandsaw puzzle box

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Project by WayneC posted 07-31-2007 06:01 AM 9386 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of 2 boxes I made weekend before last. I’m still deciding on final finish. You have to remove the key for the box to open. Any suggestions on a good finish would be welcomed.

I figured I needed to post at least one project for Don’s sake.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 06:28 AM

Very nice Wayne – I especially like the keyed feature. Is that a plan, or your personal design? Why not numerous coats of hand rubbed Tung Oil for the finish. Very durable finish. I made a clock about 25 years ago (my first decent project) and applied 5 coats of Tung Oil. That clock’s finish looks as good today as it did 25 years ago.

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 07:08 AM

Very cool. I can’t says that I’ve ever seen one like it before.

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 07:12 AM

Very interesting.

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 07:56 AM

Wow, Wayne! (I always wanted to say that. LOL) Thanks!

This is a bandsaw box that doesn’t look like a bandsaw box. Regardless, I just love small wooden boxes, but this one is so very unusual.

Finish – I think I would liberally apply some pure Tung oil, wipe off the excess after 30 minutes, let it dry for twelve hours then buff with 0000 steel wool and repeat this process twice more. Finally, I would cover with one or two coats of de-waxed shellac with a gentle buff with the steel wool between coats. I would then use a natural wax perhaps with a touch of tripoli powder to give a deep reach finish.

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

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 10:57 AM

that is very cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 01:25 PM

Nice work Wayne
It looks great.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 07-31-2007 01:27 PM

Great locking mechanism and cool box.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-31-2007 03:19 PM

Very cool box, Wayne.

I don’t know if it’s Don’s influence here or not, but there sure seems to be alot of “small wooden box” makers on this site… ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 07-31-2007 06:49 PM

Very cool, Wayne! Sorry I missed you posting this one. I’ve been preoccupied. I really like it!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 07-31-2007 06:58 PM

Good looking box Wayne, and you know how much Don loves boxes. Really cool colors too. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 07-31-2007 10:55 PM

It is amazing what you can do with wood. Creative and nicely executed.

-- -- Skee from MN

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#12 posted 07-31-2007 11:12 PM


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#13 posted 08-03-2007 04:51 AM

beautiful box Wayne

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#14 posted 08-03-2007 07:29 AM

Great box- who’s it for?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 08-04-2007 06:44 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments. I’m going to go with Tung oil.

Dorje, There is not any specical person for this yet.

Bill, it is a puzzle box. It is an approach I learned in an advanced bandsaw box class at Woodcraft. There are quite a few variations of using keys like this.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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