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Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 06-04-2010 05:23 AM 3385 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to make my wife something, but wanted it to be a fairly quick diversion from the nursery cabinet that’s taking forever to build.

Inspired by Hrolfr’s heartbox
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Made with Purpleheart, maple and walnut. I used Birch for the handles. Finished with Tung Oil and wax. This was my first bandsaw box after viewing Steve Marin’s video. Thanks Steve!

The only thing I had a bear of a time with was the burning caused by the bandsaw blade on the tight radii. It took hours of hand sanding the inside! I think that’s the first thing I’ve come across in woodworking that I don’t care for. Extensive Hand sanding! My wrist will never be the same.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com





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#1 posted 06-04-2010 05:31 AM

Wow, that looks great to be your first box. I also watched Steve’s video and I would like to build a bandsaw box too. You did a great job and helped me to decided to make one soon. To bad mother’s day has already past.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 05:42 AM

Nice pattern and build as well, my daughter keeps asking for a heart shape box and this one might fit the bill…thanks for posting …BC

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 05:45 AM

Very cool Mike a great box

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 07:31 AM

GREAT bandsawn box

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 09:29 AM

Mike

I agree it is a nice box.

Hint. There is no substantive reason why the inside of the cabinet or the outside of the drawer should be sanded to remove bandsaw burn marks. Drawers are not meant to be removed from the cabinet, their functionality comes from the fact the are stored in a dust free environment, inside the cabinet.

Secondly, if you wish to have the drawer centralised within the cabinet, use sleepers / runners on the underside of the drawer. Sleepers are thin slivers, obtained from the off cuts, glued to the underside of the drawer. They not only help to locate the drawer centrally within the cabinet, but also make for a smoother operation when opening and closing.

When you say a tight radii, sounds like you are using the wrong size blade for this style of box.

Tony Ward

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 01:17 PM

Hi Mike. That is a nice bandsaw box. You learned the process well. Thanks for the link to Steve’s video. It answered a lot of questions I had about making one. Al ong time a go I saw my first bandsaw box and it was made from a tree branch. It gave me reservations about making one because of not having a flat surface to bandsaw from , but this changes all that thinking. I’m like you and want everything to be sanded nice and smooth. The trick is to look for the best tool to do the job. They are out there or you make them. The product is yours and you have to make it to satisfy yourself. Sanding is the finishing touch before you wrap it in a stain or finish.

Thanks so much for sharing. Isn’t Lumberjocks great?????

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-04-2010 01:30 PM

Thanks for the great comments. The colours really show up better on camera than under CFLs. Waiting for natural daylight to see if they come out like in the flash.

@Tony, Thanks for the tip on the sleepers. I guess you’re right about the non-need to sand the inside, but I guess that’s just the OCD in me coming through.

I was actually using a 1/8” blade on my bandsaw and it ended up snapping. I decided to try my 3/8” blade and it burned less than the 1/8” blade! A little tougher to navigate, but made a nicer cut.

@Jim, Yes, I love this site and am an addict (step one of a 12 step program for LJ’s Anonymous?)

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 02:21 PM

Looks good from any angle Mike!
Bet she loves it.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 08:54 PM

Thanks Eric, She does! She’s already putting some of her jewelry into it.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 03:33 AM

Great looking project.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 07:24 AM

Mike,the box looks great. steve’s video was cool,wasn’t it!

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 04:03 PM

Beautiful work. What size is the box?

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#13 posted 06-05-2010 08:03 PM

@WWorker08 – its’s about 5” w x 3.5” h x 3.5” deep. I sidn’t really work from any plans, but used a printed out template for the basic shape

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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#14 posted 06-06-2010 03:59 AM

Really nice bandsaw box.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#15 posted 06-06-2010 11:15 PM

Nice job. I know what you mean about sanding the tight radii. I find that if you flock the drawers you don’t have to worry about sanding them at all. I cuts down on a lot of time. Way to go…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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