Circular bandsaw box

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Project by NoSlivers posted 09-09-2010 11:48 PM 2866 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece of wood was originally slated to become a maple bowl. It seems that everytime it started turning in the lathe, something would go very wrong. Didn’t matter whether I put it on a drive cernter, a face plate, or some other custom contraption. This block has had as much airtime as many pro basketball players. After a couple alarming near-misses, the block got put on the shelf for awhile until a new fate could be determined for it. It didn’t want to be turned and I wasn’t about to press the issue any further. (Note: I have since replaced my spur drive). It seems that all friends and family want a bandsaw box, once they see one. I like making them well enough, but I’d like get some other requests on my “to-do” list. That being said, when the latest request for a box came to me, it seemed a perfect opportunity to take this obstinate block off the shelf and send it to a new home. Hopefully the finished product brings happier results than I have experienced with the raw material. Thanks for looking.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 12:26 AM

That’s cool. How did you get the square corners? did you cut it out round then glue the shelf back in? Or did you take two cuts across the center and leave the shelf intact and glue it back in? I don’t see any entry cuts elsewhere? I like the design, just trying to learn the process.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mike Fritz

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 12:47 AM

Great job.I like the neat ,clean look. keep up the good wook.

-- Mike Fritz, Cinnaminson, NJ

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 01:56 AM

A great looking bandsaw box! The round shape is super!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 02:12 AM

What a beautiful bandsaw box… that’s what it was meant to be. I guess you have to listen when the wood is speaking. Nice job.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 02:39 AM

Jim, hopefully I can describe the process succinctly but in proper terms. You’re asking for specifics but I’ll describe the entire process just to clarify for any of the other Lumberjocks that want it. First the back of the block must be cut away, I usually do a resaw type cut about 1/4” thick. Set this piece aside, it’ll be the last piece to be glued back in place.

Next the block is laid back side down for the main cuts. Look on photo#3, on the right hand side, between the drawers you can see the entry cut. I first cut out the block for the bottom drawer, then on the lefthand side I cut through the horizontal divider into the top portion and cut out the block for the top drawer. In photo#4 on the left between the drawers you can see the line where this cut took place. With the drawer blocks removed the ‘carcase’ resembled a lower-case “e”.

The drawers are easier, a resaw cut to remove the front and rear faces from each drawer-block. A half circle cut from what remains of each block removes the centers of each drawer. Then glue the front and rear faces back onto the drawer blocks as well as gluing/attaching whatever you like for drawer pulls.

With this design I was able to put a band clamp around the entire piece (with drawer blocks removed) and under tension the wood flexed enough to close up the gaps in my “e” and let me glue it up almost solid. The last thing is to glue the original back (the first piece cut away) onto the ‘carcase’. As a result, most of the cut lines got minimized (visible, but minimal). The rest is just alot of sanding (alot), while trying to keep a snug fit for the drawers.

Hope this all made sense, serves me right for not taking more pictures showing the production stages.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 02:40 PM

Very nice BSB!!! I like your methodology to cut out the two drawers and maintaining the square corners.
Thank you for sharing your work with us.
Sometimes the wood is trying to tell us what it wants to be but unfortunately its speaking a different language.

What finish did you use.

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 08:50 PM

Very nice design. And yes… they should be called ”Sanding” boxes.. not Bandsaw boxes :o)

-- Bogie... Roseburg, OR / Knowledge is Power!

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