"Smells Fishy"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 1644 days ago 4775 views 36 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my ever present addiction to box making I knew, at some point in time, I had to do a band saw box. I started doing sketches and came up with a design using an array of circles and tangent lines. In the When I was finished doing all the initial cuts I noticed the shapes reminded me of something…and the name “Smells Fishy” shortly followed.

The body is made up of a glue up of Bubinga and birds-eye maple. Three pieces of Bubinga and one piece of maple. Before cutting out the main shapes I routed two 1/4” diameter groves down the entire back to hold dowels that would act as drawer stops. Then on came the initial cutting of the drawers. Once finished cutting out the shapes, and naming the box, I started on the design of the drawer pulls. Of course they would be small fish shapes. They were made from Bocote. The drawers are lined in suede-tex flocking.

All in all it was a fun project! It also gave me a chance to put a recently acquired oscillating spindle sander to the test! What a great machine!

Body/drawers: Birds-eye maple, Bubinga, Bocote, maple dowels

Finish: BLO/Varnish/MS wipe (3x) and then two buffs of BriWax.

Size: 6.5” x 3” x 9.5”


-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 1644 days ago

Beautiful job. I love your design.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#2 posted 1644 days ago

Sweet !!!

Nicely done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 1644 days ago


Nice work, the blended timbers work well and make a good shape even better.

I’ve not thought about using dowels as drawer stops, any interesting development.

Tony Ward

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#4 posted 1644 days ago

Certainly smells fishy… quite a pleasing design..and I like the fact you don’t have to cut and re-glue a back…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 1644 days ago

very nice

-- -erik & christy-

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#6 posted 1644 days ago

Nice design. Very unique.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 1644 days ago

WOW, great design. Possibly inspired by Lake Michigan?

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#8 posted 1644 days ago

very cool looking bandsaw box…. nice look to it and great woods…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 1644 days ago

I didn’t know that people made ‘bandsaw’ boxes. I learn something exciting about woodworking every day. Now I am craving a bandsaw.

I love the design. Incredibly cool.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#10 posted 1644 days ago

Nice design, cool combo of woods.

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#11 posted 1644 days ago

Nicely done. Great design, fun!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#12 posted 1644 days ago

Great job Jeff! I’ve never been a huge fan of bandsaw boxes, but this one is fantastic. The wood combos are perfect and I love the finish.

-- 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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#13 posted 1644 days ago

Great choice of woods, and the design enhances it even more.

-- Dave O.

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#14 posted 1644 days ago

You certainly do beautiful work. Great design.

-- Dennis, Charlestown, IN

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#15 posted 1644 days ago

Very cool design and colors.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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