Walnut Bandsaw Box

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Project by gbvinc posted 11-27-2007 04:28 AM 3054 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box to fill with chocolate and gift cards for our ‘Montana’ daughter’s Christmas.
(We keep track of the kids geographically.)

I have never made a bandsaw box before, so this was an interesting little project. Now that I figured out how to make them I will need to try one as elaborate as I have see here on LumberJocks.

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#1 posted 11-27-2007 04:40 AM

great first bandsaw box. I’ve never made one before. How do you hide the seams ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 04:59 AM

Good one, GB. I’ve never made one either. Why don’t you do us a blog with step by step. WE can all have fun then. Now who is the nice looking guy on Dan’s avitar??

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-27-2007 05:02 AM

Wow, that looks great! Bandsaw box class at gb’s house! I’ll be calling on you for some pointers!

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#4 posted 11-27-2007 05:41 AM

I love the sculptural quality of this box. You’re holding out on us with 2 photos. Give us more good stuff!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 11-27-2007 06:10 AM

I’m ashamed. I bought my dream bandsaw about 6 months ago and haven’t scratched one of these of my to-do list. Love it. Check this one out: link Alin has the technique down.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 06:21 AM

I’m in a similar situation to USCJeff’s; too much on the to-do list.
Great bandsaw box.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 11-27-2007 06:53 AM

Great box. A detailed blog would be nice. Probably too early to do before Christmas. Unless you can get it done in a week.

-- 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 07:56 AM


Well done, particularly as this is your first bandsawn box. Good to see you have located the bandsaw entry point along the grain. I look forward to seeing more of your bandsawn boxes!

Tony Ward

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#9 posted 11-27-2007 01:08 PM

well done!!! I love bandsaw boxes. What was the most difficult part of making the box?

(note to self: cut entry point along the grain. Thanks Tony.)
For those of you who haven’t checked out Tony’s site – he has provided free plans to bandsaw boxes as well as tips and hints. Thanks Tony for the free stuff as well as the inspriation.

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#10 posted 11-27-2007 04:16 PM

Dan: I attempted to hide the seams by making a clean cut along some natural flaws and grain in the piece of wood I was working with. (I can still see the seams; look closely on the right side.) The seams were still visible on the front more than I liked, so I dished in and sculpted the front a bit to make it appear that I had done it on purpose. I always tell myself that fixing my mistakes is my greatest talent. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Thos: Thanks! I think I will try to do a step-by-step on constructing these boxes. I’ve never tried that yet either.

Peter: So far, any classes at my house would consist of: Take a piece of wood, and cut away anything that doesn’t look right. Fix mistakes.

Todd: I though taking pictures with the mirror reflecting the back counted as two pics each!

USCJeff: Don’t feel bad, I waited much longer than that to tackle one myself. Thanks for the link!

Karson: I should take a whack at blogging the construction of one. Would be another first for me.

TonyWard: Thanks! And thank you for your site with good pictures of nice boxes! I intentionally avoided reading any how-to’s on making these, but I looked at all of your photos before attempting my own. Thanks again.

MsDebbieP: Thank you. The most difficult part was starting. ;-) This box was made from the end of a 8/4×8” x 3’ Walnut cutoff I had laying around. The end of the cutoff had a pretty good check in it, so I whacked that off, declared it bandsaw box material, and tried to disguise the crack with cuts and sculpting in the box. I stared at it for quite awhile before taking that first cut. And I agree, Tony’s site has tons of good info on this type of box.

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#11 posted 11-27-2007 04:30 PM

HOT DAMN…looks good. How do find the time? you’re always on Lumberjocks… I make ring band saw boxes, and they pay the bills of the business. You do good work!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#12 posted 11-27-2007 04:43 PM

Thanks Odie! My system usually does have LumberJocks up. I telecommute, so I have two offices in opposite ends of the house. Computer systems/Data/Analysis/OLAP in one office for my daytime gig, woodshop/sawdust generation/mistake fixing at the other end of the house for most of the rest of the time. Means my browser is almost always up and, of course, LumberJocks is one of my default home page tabs.

(How’s that for a ‘sticky’ website visitor Martin?)

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#13 posted 11-27-2007 06:29 PM


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

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#14 posted 11-27-2007 08:12 PM

Looks great for the first one! Once you get the hang of it those boxes are fun and easy to create… and then there are so many variations that you can get more and more elaborate with the design. The possibilities are endless. I have seen some very unique and clever bandsawn boxes on LJ’s and while searching the net.

I really like how you shaped the front (weather planned or not), it was a very nice touch. Makes the box look fluid and soft to the touch. Invites being picked up and opened.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 11-28-2007 02:50 AM

gb – isn’t that the definition of woodworking? Start with wood – take away the parts you don’t want – patch any spots where you took away too much. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. See? You are an expert. So when are those classes?

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