One of those "you can't screw it up" boxes

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Project by mtkate posted 06-27-2010 11:00 PM 1999 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided what the heck and I would try a bandsaw box, since SteveinMarin PROMISED that you can’t really screw them up.

If you have not seen his video - go there NOW... ;)

I started wtih a bargain piece of Cherry – just 3 bucks. At least I think it’s cherry. When I was working it there was a pinkish hue that came out that made me think it was poplar, but it was too hard for poplar. I still have more than half left, so this is a great bargain box.

I made a box for my sig. other to keep those plastic pieces that come with shirts, and sized the drawer accordingly. I left it square – so that he could stick it in a drawer if he didn’t like it. Turns out he likes it.

The stain is an antique cherry and then one coat of urethane (not the wipe on – I had some industrial strength lying around). Before the urethane, I popped on a small walnut button for the handle.

This box was inspirational. Why? I realized I need a new bandsaw blade. I had a hard time making the contour cuts even after adjusting it like mad. It was burning the wood. I was also inspired to clean the bandsaw and blade top to bottom after making this. But it’s a great project while you are awaiting glue-ups from other projects…

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 11:14 PM

Nice box. I’m going to try one of these.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 11:28 PM

Looks great. See…you can’t screw them up! Any “errors” just become part of the design.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 12:03 AM

Well done. A couple of tips (1) make the bandsaw blade entry point along the grain, there are two benefits (a) the glue up is a lot easier and (b) when glued the entry point is less visibile thereby addiing to the overall appearance of the finished work. The other tip is, generally speaking there is no need to sand the interior of the cabinet or the outside of the drawer; how often do you remove the kitchen drawer and examine it or the inside of the cabinet?

I agree with Stevinmarin – there is no such thing as an error, we sometimes create opportunities for innovation / creativity when finding the solution.

Tony Ward

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 03:44 AM

Nice bandsaw box. Warning though, they may be addictive.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 03:59 AM

That is a nice looking box. If you can’t screw these up, maybe I should try one.

-- Janice

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 06:23 AM

The title of this article caught my eye…and I take it as a personal challenge as I am the sort of sawdust maker that can cut three lengths of board to be the ‘same’ length and get three different lengths…with stop blocks on my mitre saw!....hmmm maybe I shouldn’t be admitting that here ;-)

A nice looking box and between Andy’s tutorial and Steve’s videos and now having a new Rikon bandsaw I really should try one (or more) of these boxes.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 06-28-2010 11:05 PM

Great Box!!! If I can do it anyone can. I agree though, they cant be messed up and they ARE addictive.

-- wrtnaz

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