Baby Bandsaw Box From Scrap

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 11-26-2007 04:49 PM 2056 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally got back to my shop after all my trips and building projects. (Some of us are only weekend and night woodworkeers and get to work AFTER we fix the house, fence, plumbing, etc, etc.) This fall I cut some fence posts out of redwood and after I cut off some the unneeded ends from a 3×4 post, these 2 sections of wood called out to me, “Looky here, we can become a bandsaw box! Don’t throw us in the burn pile! Look!”

Well, as you see, I heeded their pleeding. LOL This is the smaller of the two. It is approx 2×3 by about 1 3/4 high. The other is in the shop ready to finish as soon as the weather warms up, some. (it DOES get cold here in SE Arizona. We are only about 30 miles from Mexico border, but there has been ice on windshields in morning.) Anyway, I am giving this to a friend’s daughter who is a special needs child around 14. He may be geting evicted, soon, so I focused on getting this done first and put alll others on hold.

The box body, like i said is redwood from a 3×4 post. The cross is purpleheart scrap that was resawn, then cut with scroll saw. The cross was stained with Minwax Red Oak, I then used a Cherrywood gel stain on the whole box and finished that with spray shellac. I was planning to use rubbing poly on it, but did not expect it to see much wear, and did not want to wait to get it to Todd, so I just used 3 coats of shellac.

This had a bunch of “firsts” for me: First bandsaw box—I learned not to cut sides too small on end grain, as they will break off if you hold them wrong.
First Flocking—Simple procedure, but you have to allow 12 hours drying time, and box top should fit loosely BEFORE you flock the insde. But that is the nature of bandsaw boxes, sio it was not a problem. All in all, I am satisfied with my first bandsaw box.

Another lesson… Listen to what the wood tells you…LOL

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 06:05 PM

Good one! Nice first bansawn box. They are relatively simple but offer so many possibilities for design. Nice story about it too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 07:22 PM

Good job, Marc. Good cause as well. Nice

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-26-2007 08:06 PM

the spirit of the wood spoke and the woodworker listen: voila a beautiful box /gift for a special young lady.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-26-2007 10:17 PM

Hawg -

Thanks for sharing this project and a very interesting story. I always enjoy how each project and woodworker has a story to tell . . . one of the many joys of this craft. I also appreciate “the firsts” as I believe we each experience and explore some “firsts” with each project. I am glad you shared that aspect. This will be a wonderful treasure to cherish. I am sure each woodworker that appreciates small boxes always wonders what the new owner will tuck safely away . . . interesting thought.


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#5 posted 11-27-2007 06:16 AM

Thanks all for your comments. It was nice to get back to working on woodwork, instead of construction with wood. I like both, but derive a lot of pleasure in designing and then bringing that design to fruition. Especially when it is a gift for a darling young lady.

And, Dave, I just hope she will tuck away some small treasure in that box.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 06:23 AM

I really appreciate the sweet story that goes with a sweet little project like this.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-27-2007 06:41 AM

Nice box and built with a purpose. The wood spirit was wanting you to design something special. Great job.

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

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#8 posted 11-27-2007 08:22 AM

Very nice box Hawg. You really put a great finish on it. I had to really search for your entry cut, and I’m still not 100% sure I found it. Again, nice work and cause.

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2007 08:30 PM

Bill, the entry cut is on top right. Look for small divet. I try to enter the wood with the grain so the cut is as hidden as possible. The second box did not come out so hidden.

Thanks for the kind words, Karson and Todd.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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