1st Bandsaw Box = Christmas Present

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Project by owenusa posted 12-25-2009 07:41 AM 6612 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a bandsaw box. It is the popular Pisces box design by Lois Keener Ventura. I made this from Purpleheart, Maple, and the thin strip in the middle is Mahogany. The box measures a bit over 5 1/4”deep, by 9” wide, ~ 6” high. It is finished with 5 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil Finish and then waxed with Minwax Finishing Wax. I used slick strips attached to the bottom of the drawers to even out the space from the kerf. They worked great and then I placed 4 felt circular discs on the bottom of the base. I also attempted flocking with the mini flocker for my first box (figured might as well learn it all on the first one) to flock drawers in black. Nerve racking at first painting the nice drawer cavities in black adhesive, but it worked out great.

It was finished on Christmas Eve (cutting it close) just in time for a Christmas present. I am now addicted to the bandsaw and will be making more in the future. So much to improve on. As my grandfather who was influential in this project, and taught me how to use a bandsaw, planer and jointer would say: “If you can’t improve on the last one you made whats the point in making another”, or something like that.

I learned so much from many of ya’ll on here through your posts that gave me the courage to give a bandsaw box a shot. Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas!!!

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 08:59 AM

Nicely done! The colors look great!

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 09:46 AM

I would have to say that you already know how to use a bandsaw… there is very little hesitation in the cuts and the over effect is something to be Proud of… I just love Lois Ventura Designs and have indeed made quite a few…
Well done

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 10:52 AM

excellent work there , my man .

grandpaw ,
would surely be proud .

and so should you !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 12:29 PM

That is a very fine box. I by no means am a bandsaw box aficionado, but it looks like you have been making these for years. Hard to believe its your first. Great job and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 12:30 PM

Really very very beautiful bandsawn box. The contrasting colour of the stripes and drawer pull make it more stunning look.
Great workmenship, great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 12:34 PM

I think it’s Very Well Done. I love the colors! I need to make some of these soon. What size & type of blade do you or anyone else recommend for this?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 12:34 PM

Welcome to LJ

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 02:13 PM

Very nicely done. The purpleheart is just eye-popping!
The wood combinations show beautifully.
This is one fine piece of craftsmanship for a first box… I can hardly wait to the more.
Happy Holidays.

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

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 03:02 PM

Very nice! I have so got to try one of those.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 12-25-2009 05:51 PM

Great Job Eye candy for sure !

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#11 posted 12-25-2009 06:57 PM

Very cool band saw boxes beautiful

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#12 posted 12-26-2009 01:36 AM

That is a great looking piece. I love the color.

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#13 posted 12-26-2009 04:51 AM

For what it’s worth, his Grandfather is proud. Nice job, Grandson!

-- Dave O.

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#14 posted 12-26-2009 07:22 AM

Sweet job…well done.

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#15 posted 12-27-2009 04:39 AM

This one is one of the best I’ve seen. The size and shape are very eye appealing as well as the woods used.

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