Full Lotus Bandsaw Jewelry Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 05-28-2016 08:02 PM 1218 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it has been at least three years since I built one of these.
Tip of the hat to Lois Ventura, her design in the old version of her bandsaw jewelry box book from the 90’s.

This one is my version, a mixture of Southern Black Cherry and Old Growth Tennessee Walnut, with simple walnut handles on the drawers.
I don’t “open the upper flower” on both upper drawers, as Ms. Ventura does, nor do I show the cuts as rounded edges as she does in the non-drawer areas like the center of the stem. Also, this one is obviously two woods, where most of hers are one wood.

Dimensions are:
Base about 18” long, 9” deep.
Actual bandsaw boxes, one on the right is about 4 7/8” deep, 14” high, one on the left is 5 1/8” thick, and about 11 1/2” high.

I attach the “flowers” to the base using high strength epoxy, and when I set it in place on the platform, I use a 23 gauge nailer to send a couple nails into the bottom drawer opening to secure it to the base while the epoxy dries for a solid day. Gives me a smooth bottom on the platform, and I add felt feet to it to keep it from scratching someone’s dresser or table. Customers seem to appreciate that little touch.

The finish on this one, crystal gloss polyurethane, I am not that keen on, but I must admit, it catches your eye.
Took three days with four coats to get it to shine like it does. No paste wax, just a microfiber cloth final wipedown.
The drawers are finished inside with felt. I don’t do flock, but that is certainly an option.

This one is destined for my gallery where I sell bandsaw boxes pretty fast, and the more different the better. This one will probably not last long.

Thanks for lookin’, and obviously you can copy it since it is not my design!

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 08:18 PM

Extraordinary shape and design. Absolutely magnificant.Every drawer is different.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 10:11 PM

I gotta say, that’s the most amazing bandsaw box I’ve seen—I can see why they’re selling so fast!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 11:04 PM

Paul that is just out of this world! Absolutely wonderful!

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 11:46 PM

Beautiful box. One of the best I,ve seen. I covet one of those.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#5 posted 05-29-2016 01:09 AM

Sweet, Paul. Very sweet.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 05-29-2016 01:18 AM

Thanks, everyone. Pick up Lois Ventura’s first book on bandsaw boxes and it is in the book.
Most of the time I make the half-Lotus, (only one side), but every couple-three years I make a full one like this one.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#7 posted 05-29-2016 07:54 AM

realy nice

-- bambi

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 09:01 AM

Paul I love it. I just finished a couple 3 drawer BS boxes and was thinking of making the double lotus. Made several of the single but not the double. Can you send me a private message and let me know how much the gallery sells them for. I also have items in a couple of galleries here.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 05-29-2016 12:54 PM

I do not recall seeing a double lotus before, but even if there was – this is fantastic!
I’ve been lazy so perhaps this will spur me to get busy.
Wonderfully done!

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

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#10 posted 05-29-2016 02:47 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 05-29-2016 06:45 PM

Paul, this is a beautiful bandsaw box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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