birch log band saw box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 1395 days ago 3951 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a band saw box I made from this little birch log that I was given by a guy in the U.P. I thought “what can I do with it?” While waiting for glue and finish to dry on other projects, I cut it out leaving the opening clear on the bottom. Then I decided to mount a magnet in back and glue a steel disc in the back of the drawer to lock it in. So I had to make a way to open it and I cut an oval groove in the bottom and put a little handle hole in the bottom of the drawer.
I flocked the drawer with the black fibers I bought for another project and thought I’d share what I used to apply the fibers. Rather than using that cardboard tube that takes 2 hands, I took a 2 litre bottle and drilled a bunch of 1/8” holes in the top so I could squeeze it with one hand and rotate the drawer all around with my other hand to distribute the fibers to all the corners. It worked out pretty well.

I do have one concern using a birch log with bark on it. As it drys out, the bark tends to separate from the wood. I may have to strip off the bark and sand it all down in the future?????


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

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#1 posted 1395 days ago

Sweet little secret box.
This must be for cany at christamas for the grand children.
Then they have to solve the opening to get a candy…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 1395 days ago

What a great idea on that box you must have a fine bandsaw.
If you seal the bark real good you should be ok.

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#3 posted 1395 days ago

lookin good Jim

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 1395 days ago

Beautiful box

For your question : “I may have to strip off the bark and sand it all down in the future?????”

The response is : YES
The bark is like a papyrus
Have a nice day

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

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#5 posted 1395 days ago

Hi Diggerjack. If that happens I’ll post it again barkless!

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

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#6 posted 1395 days ago

Very Cool little box! Great tip on the flock.

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

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#7 posted 1395 days ago


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 1395 days ago

Jim, As usual you do GOOD WORK! I like the lines of this project and the finish!

Thanks for Sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 1395 days ago

cool bandsaw box Jim! i’ve yet to make a good bandsaw box. Hopefully that bark stays on for ya!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 1395 days ago

triple thick krylon will hold the bark in place. two or three heavy coats.

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

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#11 posted 1394 days ago

Well done, good use of the magnet – using magnets with bandsawn boxes opens up a whole new adventure!

Tony Ward

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#12 posted 1390 days ago

Hi Jim, this is a very interesting box, I like the magnet ‘lock’.

Thanks for sharing your clever ideas Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 1381 days ago

Nice one Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 1378 days ago

I like this one!! Love the bark left on it, and the magnet is an awesome idea :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#15 posted 1275 days ago

Nice nice nice, I’m lookin’ to try my luck at a box out of an uncut log as well!


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