Something different from The Mentone Toy Maker

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I have wanted to try these band saw boxes for a long time. Now I have several in various stages of finish. Guess what someone will get for xmas. This is a wood that I do not like to turn or work. The locals call it white walnut but it is a soft wood. Anyway I did make an attractive box and I used up the last of it. Back to red cedar…

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 04:52 PM

Good job…I would like to try this, what are the steps to make this box? Do you use a band saw? Do you cut and glue back together? Please Help.
Thank you,
Mesick Michigan

-- Bob, Mesick, Michigan

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 05:59 PM

Neat looking (round) box. nice job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 06:45 PM

super job on a rustic box

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 07:18 PM

There are a number of sites to help you make those boxes just put Bandsaw Boxes on the web you will see many and some free plans too,by the way nice looking box, lets see those in red cedar soon,bravo

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 07:39 PM

Nice job – I’ll have to look up what a bandsaw box is.


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#6 posted 11-16-2009 11:03 PM

Hey, nice box there and good to have another Alabamian aboard. Mentone is one of our favorite places. We have been wanting to get up for a few days. Any suggestions for cabin rental?

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 04:45 AM

Cool box!!! If only I had a bandsaw – I love the rustic look. Am I on your Christmas list??

White walnut = butternut and it is a soft hardwood. Excellent job on the box – I’m sure someone will be very happy with it!

Did you do anything to stabilize the bark so it won’t dry and fall off?


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#8 posted 11-17-2009 04:53 AM

Love it, Ive been wanting to make on my self… now you have gave me a great idea for one, thanks!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#9 posted 11-17-2009 11:26 AM

Very nice box. It looks nice with the bark, but I would worry about it falling off. At least that’s what happened last time I tried making something with bark on it. Also, interesting handle on the drawer. Did you put any finish on this box, or have you left it unfinished?

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 11-17-2009 01:38 PM

Hope I didn’t give the impression I was a band saw box maker, this was my first attempt. LJ’s has been a great help though and in the coming weeks there will be more. Like natural bowls bark is always a questionable thing. This piece was cut in the winter and I feel that bark has a better chance if staying on when the sap is down. I make some hickory furniture & accents and have always cut my poles in the winter with little bark slippage. Also CA glue [ Cyanoacrylate] helps those edges when necessary. Just keep it off your fingers!!! The knob is natural deer antler.

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