Nautilus Shell Bandsaw Box

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Project by tpastore posted 2433 days ago 6806 views 16 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All, My first project on LJ. The project is my first attempt at a bandsaw box and some carving. The inside and outside are designed to look like a nautilus shell

Nautilus Shell

The wood is curly maple and the finish is the two part Sam Maloof system. The top pivots on pin captured between the lower two parts.

I am very happy with the results and wanted to share!

Thanks for looking

Nautilus 1
Nautilus 2
Nautilus 3
Nautilus 4

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#1 posted 2433 days ago

Tim this may be your first project on LJ – but surely this is not your first project that you every built. Your work is outstanding. I like the design and finish – and your photography is not lacking a thing. You will be a welcome addition to the forum. Thanks for sharing

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 2433 days ago

how wonderful.
You’ve captured Mother Nature’s creation perfectly. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2433 days ago

Wow! That is exquisite. My hat is off to you.

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#4 posted 2433 days ago


Well done, great concept and well executed.

What size is this work and approximately how many hours were spent obtaining the fine finish?

What is your next project?


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#5 posted 2433 days ago

Very nice job….....and a cool concept.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 2432 days ago

...umm…. WOW!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 2432 days ago

Tim, just logged on and saw this. Very nice attention to details, yet a very nice clean design. Great job!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Ellen --

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#8 posted 2432 days ago

Thats just exquisite…..Great box

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 2432 days ago

Beautiful, beautiful box. A great job Nice construction techniques.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 2432 days ago

Wow! Very nice design and your work is outstanding!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 2432 days ago

Wow. Thanks for all the kind words. I will try to repond so some of them. Yes, photography is one of my other loves. I am feeling like a fish out of water though because my wife has our SLR and all the gear with her over in England for the holidays and I had to take these pictures using the point and shoot without the tools I am used to. I will give the box to my Aunt tonight with the provision that I can take more pix later.

The finish took a long time but not as long as it should have. Due to the limitation of time (1 week) I had to limit the coats of the Sam Maloof oil/poly to 3 coats and the oil/wax to 2 coats. The longer period of time was going through 150/180/220/340/400/600/1500 grit. I also put about 5 coats of bowling alley wax on afterward.

My next project is actually finishing a previous project. I started a mahogany table designed to look like the deck of a Chris Craft boat. I need to finish the white stripes and get a final coat of finish on it. You can see the pix at

Thanks again for all the kind words.


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#12 posted 2432 days ago

What ScottB said…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 2432 days ago

What Douglas said…

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 2432 days ago

What they all said with an extra WOW! I can’t imagine doing that on the band saw. Your aunt is going to be very happy.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#15 posted 2432 days ago

very nice ,fantastically done and the concept rocks ,ust curious as to choice ,did it have anything to do with the golden mean or Fibonacci Series?

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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