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Project by HokieKen posted 12-19-2017 12:57 PM 965 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Mom is from Texas and has a good deal of decor related to that state. I was trying to come up with an idea of something to make her for Christmas this year and I ran across this from LJ Blackie. Well, I’ve made a couple of bandsaw boxes for gifts this year that were very well recieved and I enjoyed making so I decided to take a cue from Blackie:-)

My original plan was to use Walnut, Oak and Cherry for the box. But, when I put them together, there wasn’t enough contrast to suit me. So, I was bouncing some ideas off my buddy Dave about what woods to use and whether I should just try dying some of the wood I have. He comes back with a picture of a chunk of Acacia and one of Eucalyptus that I thought would be perfect with the White Oak I had :-) So, he generously shipped them out to me.

I glued the three woods up and then squared the glue-up with hand planes. Then I resawed a piece of the oak to about 1/8” and cut the star out. I used the star to mark the inlay in the Acacia and made the recess with chisels and my router plane. Then I just planed/scraped the star flush after gluing it in.

Next came the bandsaw work. That’s all pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into detail. There is plenty of info online and videos on Youtube if you’re not familiar with how bandsaw boxes are made. I flocked the drawers with wine-colored fibers. The wine color complimented the woods nicely.

The last hurdle for me was the pulls… Do I use pulls to match the woods? Use the same pulls on all the drawers? Wooden pulls? Brass? Stainless? Again… bouncing ideas off Dave, he suggested using the same material everywhere and scaling them for the different sized drawers. I liked that idea.

Now what material to use? So I had a thought… I went to Dave's site and browsed his pen blanks. The “Arizona Winter Wonderland” called out to me begging to be put on my box :-) I knew Dave had recently ran a sale on his pen blanks though so I was afraid he might not have enough left. He didn’t :-( But then he suggested he make me a batch using Cholla cactus instead of the pine cone since the cacti are native to the SW it would fit with the theme of the box. I greedily agreed and placed an order right then! 3 days later I had a box of pen blanks in my hands :-)

This was my first time turning acrylic and there was a bit of a learning curve but the pulls came out great. And they polished out to a gorgeous sheen with some wet-sanding and micro mesh followed by a quick buffing with some green compound. The pulls really look great and pull the different woods together. Thanks Dave! I attached the pulls to the drawers using some stainless rod.

I gave the box to my Mom this past Saturday at our family gift exchange. She loved it, as I knew she would. She loved that the woods were native to the TX area and that the pulls had the cacti in them. She rarely asks me to make her anything just because she wants it. So it’s nice to have the chance and to happen across a project that suits her so well and that she loves so much. Thanks Blackie!

Thanks for looking!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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TheFridge

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#1 posted 12-19-2017 01:05 PM

Nicely done.

Did you know that the stars at night, are Big and bright?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 12-19-2017 01:06 PM

Nicely done, Kenny! Making your mom happy is a good thing, and that’s a sharp-looking box.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 12-19-2017 01:12 PM

It’s good to see my original design again. :) Very nicely done. Also thanks for the tip of the hat and you are surely welcome.

I believe I used mahogany for the red and hackberry for the white in mine, I think the cherry would not have been red enough, Mesquite might have been a good choice as well.

Merry Christmas

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 12-19-2017 01:18 PM

Deep in the heart, of Texas!

I was hoping someone would’ve picked up where I left off…

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 12-19-2017 01:33 PM

Thanks dudes!


It s good to see my original design again. :) Very nicely done. Also thanks for the tip of the hat. :)

I believe I used mahogany for the red and hackberry for the white in mine, I think the cherry would not have been red enough, Mesquite might have been a good choice as well.

- Blackie_


You did indeed. I actually looked at a piece of Mesquite I had that would have worked but it wasn’t big enough. I was glad though because the Eucalyptus turned out great IMO. And, a tip of the hat is the LEAST I could do. The design is brilliant and simple but I wouldn’t have come up with it in a million years. But if you knew my Mom, you would know this is the perfect gift for her. Of course, being from Texas, I’m sure you understand ;-) I bet there are 200 stars scattered about her property…

Fridge, your voice is lovely ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 12-19-2017 01:59 PM

Oh I can imagine, that was the only box I ever made with that design.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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KelleyCrafts

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#7 posted 12-19-2017 02:56 PM

Seeing as this is essentially a “Dave and Randy are awesome!” commercial, I can approve this message.

Excellent job buddy. Definitely loved seeing this come together. It was only like 3 trips to the post office right? ;)

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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doubleG469

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#8 posted 12-19-2017 03:58 PM

As a Proud Texan, that is very nicely done! Good Job sir.

-- Gary, Texas

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 12-19-2017 06:17 PM

Wow Ken, you weren’t kidding you been busy. That is one very nicely made box and something I need to try! Good job buddy and I’m sure she loved it. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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drewpy

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#10 posted 12-19-2017 06:19 PM

Now that’s a Texas box. Great job in every aspect.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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HokieKen

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#11 posted 12-19-2017 06:45 PM

Thanks fellas!

Dave – yep you sent me 3 packages for this build :-)

Jeff – only got 1 more Christmas one coming. I had another one but it’ll be postponed. My son just bought a house so I’m stuck doing remodeling and moving chores for the foreseeable future…

Gary, I had a feeling you’d like it ;-) Never met a Texan that wasn’t proud!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Grumpymike

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#12 posted 12-19-2017 08:09 PM

Wow Kenny! to capture the Texas flag in the woods is unique in it self and to the extent that you took it is over the top … Great job on a one of a kind box.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 12-19-2017 08:19 PM

Thanks Grumpymike! I appreciate the compliment :-) It’s not really “one of a kind” though… Blackie did it first

;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 12-19-2017 09:27 PM

This is a beautiful band saw box and you did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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duckmilk

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#15 posted 12-19-2017 09:37 PM

That is a cool box Kenny! Kudos to Randy and Dave for their input. The pulls are a nice touch!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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