Bandsaw Boxes

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Project by Mauritius posted 10-05-2009 05:08 AM 4343 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I figured I’d make these my official entry into the bandsaw box club. I’ve been working on them off and on the past month…I found that I have a daily limit of 1 1/2 hours of sanding. I finally got around to finishing them last week and gave the padauk box to my step mother tonight, she was amazed. Definitely an addictive project with great results and I actually learned to enjoy sanding a bit. But just a bit.

All three designs are from Lois Ventura’s book Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Bandsaw. I can’t say enough good things about this book. If you want to get into making these boxes, get this book! Even if you don’t, it’s still a great read and touches on a lot of techniques and project/organizational skills that apply to many other types of projects.

The first box is made of walnut, with a maple racing stripe and a curly maple handle. It was my first attempt and definitely got me hooked. The second box is canary wood with wenge pulls, it’s the last box I completed and by far my favorite. And the last box is made of padauk with ash pulls. My first experience with padauk. My shop is now orange, along with at least three sets of clothes. I sense an apron in my future. A word of advice to those wanting to try these…pick a wood that’s soft to start and you’ll spend half the amount of time sanding.

Hope you enjoy, critiques are welcome!

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 05:51 AM

GREAT looking boxes. I love the differet shapes!

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 06:09 AM

Great job on those boxes… I was planning on starting up some of those boxes this year but got totally off track building cabinets for my shop… One day, I’ll get the chance to try them out… Looks like a lot of fun.
I was in Hawaii in 2006 and saw some cool bandsaw boxes that had a locking key… Ever seen those? Should try them to add some challenge to your building skills… Good Luck and good job!

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 06:25 AM

Those are some really wild boxes.
I haven’t tried any of those yet but want to.
I just ordered the book from my library, thanks to you.

Nice job and thanks for the tip.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 08:24 AM

Great boxes Ill see about the book thanks fr the info

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 12:11 PM

These are beautiful boxes, Mauritius. I have read Lois’ book and have been meaning to try one of these. Your boxes certainly are an inspiration to get started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 10-05-2009 12:12 PM


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#7 posted 10-05-2009 12:14 PM

Nice work. Ventura’s book is really quite the instruction manual.
I love the wood combinations.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 03:06 PM

Great bandsaw boxes! I would love to get started and be able to make something like these – you did a great job.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#9 posted 10-05-2009 03:17 PM

I bought Lois’s book about a year and a half ago. So far I’ve made all of them, a couple several times. It’s a very well written book. You’ve done an excellant job, many of the box’s that I’ve seen at craft shows stop short of the sanding required for a beautiful. Yours sir are beautiful.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#10 posted 10-05-2009 04:01 PM

nice work i will have to give these a try after the craft fair season is over

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 01:54 AM

some reallly pretty wood and seriously well-executed designs…fine work.

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 11:56 PM

Those are really nice! I might have to give band saw boxes a try once I get my shop going.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#13 posted 10-07-2009 06:39 AM

great design never thought to have part of the drawer showing

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#14 posted 10-07-2009 06:46 AM

Very special band saw boxes they all look great

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