Bryan's Chicago-Style Bandsaw Boxes

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Project by FraidKnot posted 03-07-2016 02:06 PM 2790 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is certainly not my first project, but it is the first I’ve ever posted. I got a bandsaw finally (Grizzly 14” 1 HP Anniversary Edition) and to stretch my skills I took on the prototypical bandsaw box project. I was particularly taken by the contrast the “Chicago-Style” box offered (I googled it; source unknown).

My first one was made of a scrap of leopardwood I picked up at Rockler, but I can tell why it was a scrap (I suspect it had to be cut differently to showcase the spots). I was, however, taken by the design, so I went on a Pilgrimmage to Mecca (Armstrong Millworks in Milford, MI) and picked up Brazilian Cherry, Purpleheart and a crotch of Walnut (again in the scrap bin). I’m pleased with the results. (I’m unable to locate the image of the leopardwood box, but will upload it later should I find it. ) the center is 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood laminated to the desired thickness.

I hacked together a spindle sander on my drill press. No one shares the hours of sanding a project like this takes. Yikes! Spindlesander, orbital sander, belt sander, Elbow.. you get the idea. plan on lots of sanding! They’re finished with a spray lacquer and flocked inside and on the bottom. I fretted over where to sign it, finally deciding to engrave it in the bottom flocking. It’s subtle but effective.

My dad’s workshop had a bandsaw, among other tools. That workshop spawned much of the creativity I now cherish. Thanks, Dad. The bandsaw boxes went to the ladies in my life, but I dedicate my creativity to my dad. Love you always!

-- Chiropractors are also good with Knots...

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 03:15 PM

I love that walnut box. That design is very interesting and the contrast with the plywood it really nice.

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#2 posted 03-07-2016 06:45 PM

Nice combination of playwood and wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-07-2016 10:37 PM

Beautiful work! I love the combination of plywood with the more exotic woods.

-- Paul Segedin, Chicago, IL

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 06:42 AM

+4 on the plywood. A great way to stretch exotic wood.

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