Bandsaw boxes

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Project by baldeaglebaby posted 10-27-2010 06:27 AM 4691 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Borrowed the Lois Keener Ventura book “Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw” from the library to make Christmas presents. These are my first band saw boxes and I had a great time doing them. The book helps you go through each step and they are truely wonderful boxes. I used three different finishes, straight wax, shellac and wax, and shellac, poly, and wax. Each one lends itself to a different feel and sheen. I really enjoyed this project and hope to do more of the patterns in both this book and her next book “Sculpted Band Saw Boxes”. I have been working on this off and on since mid June to the beginning of October. Used mostly scrap wood I had around the shop. Maple, walnut, and paduck. I would recommend her book to anyone who is interested in band saw boxes.

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 07:38 AM

Wery nice boxes and a lot of them.

I am wondering what happens if i lend you a book about boatbuildings…Then BOOM there maybe will be 9 new boats :)

Well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 09:07 AM

A really nice collection of boxes

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

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 09:38 AM

I especially like the quilted maple…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 10:06 AM

Great work I reallly like the ones in pics 5 & 6 what size blade did you use? Very well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 10:54 AM

Wow. Somebodies been VERY busy making top quality boxes. They are all top notch. Nice to see you give your helper some credit also.

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 10:57 AM

Beautiful collection of boxes. Amazing that they’re your first attempt. Really well done and thanks for sharing.

I’m with Napolean… but my book is about workshop additions… hmmmm? ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 12:29 PM


-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 12:46 PM

Great collection of bandsaw boxes. They are so much fun to make and they go pretty quickly once you’ve made a few. You are inspiring me to make some!!
Love the finish on them. The shimmer is exquisite!
Ventura’s book is a find.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 01:19 PM

These are really beautiful bandsaw boxes. Awesome combo’s of wood also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 01:53 PM

Looks like someone has been busy!

Very nice collection of boxes you have there. I think you may have inspired me to fire a couple up myself.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 02:45 PM

Very nice BSB’s! I like them all and think they will make fine gifts at Christmas.
Question: what finish/procedure did you use to get the maple to pop like that in the last pic?
Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#12 posted 10-27-2010 02:45 PM

Very Nice! They are really beautiful!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 10-27-2010 02:48 PM

I like the quilted maple most. I like all of them but the maple really pops.

-- Mel,

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#14 posted 10-27-2010 05:03 PM

Great work.
Your band saw box making skill is way, way up there.
Those make wonderful presents and sell quite briskly from what I hear at craft fairs.

(and thank you not posting them all separately. It’s a shame when a project that has taken months and months to build and is truly a masterpiece is knocked off the project page in 15 minutes because someone has posted 12 of their latest small, similar and easy to make projects separately.)

The recipients of your talent will be fortunate to have examples of such nice work as their own.

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#15 posted 10-27-2010 05:28 PM

Do you have to sand the inside surfaces after you finish cutting? Seems like that would be a lot of work. Beautiful workmanship and finishing on these boxes.

-- Allen, Colorado

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