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Project by RS Woodworks posted 09-16-2010 05:11 AM 2379 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a band saw box I just completed. I wanted to come up with a bit of an original design as opposed to copying something out of a book. I came up with the idea of a leaf shape, with leaf shaped drawers, the cut ins for the drawers acting as the stems of the leaves. I also wanted to have it sit on a base, something to compliment and not overpower the box itself.

I chose a piece of curly mango wood for the box. This is the first time I’ve ever worked with mango. It’s nice, but it gets a real “dirty” look to it when finished, which I wasn’t all that happy about. It does have some curl, some spalt, and some nice pinkish color tones to it though. The little pulls and the base is African mahogany. I shaped the base with the band saw and then just lots and lots of sanding.

The finish is about five coats of wipe on poly, and then paste wax applied with 0000 steel wool. The pulls are CA glued on prior to finishing. The inside of the drawers are suede flocked. The base is attached to the box with glue and two #6 countersunk screws.

Please let me know what you think of this design, I’d really like some feedback on this one, as I’m planning to use it again soon.

Thanks for looking.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 06:47 AM

Nice design, I like it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 08:02 AM

I like the design

For the base I prefer a rectangular form

Nice and good job

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 09-16-2010 10:34 AM

Thats a great design, but what size blade did you use? It looks as though you could have used a smaller one.
I dont mind the base as it is. Another idea would be to cut a leaf shape for the base- but check that out first with paper as it might not be heavy/strong enough looking as well as being practical.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 12:50 PM

I really like this design. What size is it?
Some kind of leaf or tree design for the base would work well i think.
Well done

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#5 posted 09-16-2010 03:45 PM

The design is great! Good job.

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#6 posted 09-16-2010 09:29 PM

I have been dying to make a bandsaw box. Very nice.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 01:22 AM

I think it is perfect as it is!!!

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 09:13 AM


A nice design, worthwhile sticking with it! You could round over the edges, front and back, which would give it an added dimension. Using a base is a good idea as it allow you to taper the shape towards the base and encourage the desired leaf shape.

I’d like to see the entry points closed, with this design you could achieve that by commencing the entry point at the base along the grain, then from drawer to drawer.

Hope this helps

Tony Ward

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#9 posted 09-20-2010 06:06 AM

Very Nice! Keep on Cutt’n :o)

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

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