Little round boxes with the bandsaw.

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Project by SM posted 1651 days ago 1606 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three years ago, we cut some scraggly looking swamp birch out of the back yard, and threw it in a pile. The next winter, we went to split it and found it was all spalted, so I sliced it up and left it inside to dry.

Then last summer, my father sent me a jig for the band saw, for making various sizes of “round”.
It was a match. The darker lids are wenge. The last is maple (I think) with a paduak lid. Also, down in the corner of the secound frame is the only picture I have of a funerary box made of puple heart and wenge. The rock on top is chards left over from flint napping. The toys and water colour are not mine, but I did make the shelves.

The round boxes are fun. You can stack them too, though these won’t because of the rocks.

By the way, sometimes I make things with whatever wood is laying around and then can’t remember what I used; so if you suspect I have misnamed something, let me know, and thanks.

-- SM

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#1 posted 1651 days ago

Looks like you like to make boxes, very nice ..thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 1651 days ago

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. And I love the use of rocks as the handles for the lids. Great idea.


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#3 posted 1651 days ago

So glad you like them!
The rocks are a little more time consuming than I would like, but it has now become a popular request; “Aunty, can you make me a box with a THIS rock?”

If I use polished rocks from around here, it takes about five weeks to run them through the tumbler. Then there is drilling with a core bit, and setting in a screw, to which the rock is then two part epoxied.
The screw and epoxy part has to be done at the very end, after the piece is completely finished and polished. That’s a bit nerve racking in that I can ruin the whole thing with an errand dab of epoxy or scratch it in the pre-drill process.

Thanks for the comments!

-- SM

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#4 posted 1651 days ago

I too like the rock idea. Very clever…and unique.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#5 posted 1651 days ago

Fantastic boxes. When I first saw them I thought they were turned boxes. Really like the use of mixed materials. The handles really rock! (sorry, couldn’t help myself)

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1651 days ago

Very nice boxes, can I send you a rock?

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 1651 days ago

Wow so cool

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1651 days ago

The spalted birch is gorgeous, as is the quaintness of the box.
Very creative !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#9 posted 1651 days ago

Beautiful work, SM. I really like the wood combinations. The round boxes are so unusual.
As Lisa said… very creative!

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

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#10 posted 1651 days ago

Very well done, original thinking as well keep it up!

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

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

Fantastic job on those beautiful boxes & nice save with the birch.

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#12 posted 1651 days ago

Great looking boxes! Love everything about them!

Augie, Colorado Springs

-- Augie

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#13 posted 1651 days ago

WOW From scragly to beautiful

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#14 posted 1651 days ago

Wow, I was cleaning in the shop and found some beautiful walnut rounds for turning.
They are about 4”, I just got an idea what I need to do with them…... hehe
Thanks for this great idea, hope you don’t mind me borrowing, I promise I’ll return it. LOL


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 1650 days ago

Sure, send me a rock in one of your bowls, and I’ll send back the rock . . . on a box!
I looked for an example of a bandsaw-circle-jig on the web, but there were non as simple as my Dad’s. Also, non of them looked like they would do deep pieces. So I’ll post some pictures on my blog area. Dad’s jig can be adjusted to any size blade and does not require a routed groove.

I would be conscious of doing wood with heavy knots or burl; the blade wanders. I have made some interesting ellipsoidal, but disfunctional boxes . . .

Thanks to all.

-- SM

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