Bandsaw box

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Project by DrPepper posted 2345 days ago 2358 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First try at bandsaw box in mesquite. Followed the pattern in Donna Menke’s book, “The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book”. Finished with Tung oil and Beall Buff system.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#1 posted 2345 days ago

Don’t look now, but I think your bird is courting your mouse. :-)

Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 2345 days ago

that’s great!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2344 days ago

That is just neat! The grain even adds to the design of the bird.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 2344 days ago

Nice bird box. Now that you’ve got your feet wet, make some more.

CharlieM that was funny!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 2344 days ago

Dr. Pepper

A nice effort for your first bandsawn box.

Welcome to bandsawn box making where the usual rules for box making do not apply, and you have fun in the making!

Tony Ward

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#6 posted 2344 days ago

Thanks, looks like I”ll be making some more for Christmas presents!

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#7 posted 2343 days ago

Great first try. I’ve got Donna’s book but haven’t attempted anything yet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2334 days ago

Dr. Pepper-
That is one heck of a nice box. Wonderful use for mesquite wood. The way you oriented the grain to work with the pattern was inspired. I’ve added you to the ever growing ranks of boxes made from the book: . . . and I think your’s is one of the best so far. I am prejudiced though, that is one of my favorite designs in the book, as well as being about the easiest box to make. Isn’t it great when something like that happens.
And Karson- lets get a move on here- gift giving time is near- time to turn and burn and crank out a box for the holidays- bet you could do that Chickie Box in no time at all.
Just out of curiosity, Dr. Pepper, how many total hours would you say you put into that Chickie Box?

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#9 posted 2334 days ago

Thanks Donna,
Total time on the project was about 3 hours. Made a couple of mistakes like not drilling the eyehole first before cutting the top off! Won’t do that again. All in all, I really enjoyed this first box(which my grandaughter has already claimed). Going to start on the fish box for my grandson next. I really like the Beall system, it gives a great finish and was eash to use. I’ll post more examples as I ;progress.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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