My First Bandsaw Box... With a Secret.

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Project by Jonathan posted 12-27-2010 12:44 AM 9261 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided to make my first bandsaw box as a Christmas gift. I finished this box about 5-days ago, but wanted to finish the blog series I did on the process first.

*For construction details, please visit my Bandsaw Box Blog Series.

I’ll go ahead and list all the details here, but won’t go into the story since the blog series hopefully can fill in the blanks there, plus it’s hard to type since my tablesaw accident a few days ago. Thank goodness my fingers are still attached… just need the 27-stitches to do their job now.

Box Details:
Wood: 23/32”-thick beetle kill pine (7-piece lamination) with natural flaws left in, ebony for drawer pull, cork for drawer bumpers, self-adhesive cork feet on bottom
Sanded: entire box up to 320-grit, ebony pull through 600-grit followed by 0000-steel wool buff
Finish Applied: Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat Dewaxed Shellac, sprayed and wiped-on
Glue: Titebond III for lamination and drawer construction, with both thin & gel CA glues for misc. small parts
Overall Box Dimenions: 4-9/32”-tall, by 6-9/32”-wide, by 4-11/16”-deep
Main Drawer Dimensions: 3-9/16”-tall, by 5-7/32”-wide, by 4-1/4”-deep (not including drawer pull)
Ebony Pull Dimensions: 9/32”-deep/protrusion, by 11/32”-wide, by 7/8”-long
Secret Drawer Dimensions: 11/16”-tall, by 3-3/4”-wide, by 3-5/8”-deep (plus handle that is 9/32”-deep, by 7/32”-wide, by 19/32”-tall)
Front Design: woodburned Pen State Nittany Lion

The box arrived in time for Christmas and was well received. They didn’t realize there was a secret compartment until I told them about it.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 12:50 AM

Well done… is the resemblance to Penn State Nittnay Lions intentional?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 12:56 AM

Al, thank you. Yes, the resemblence to the Penn State Nittany Lion was definitely intentional. As a matter of fact, the entire shape of the box revolves around it.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 01:20 AM

Awesome job on your box. Excellent work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 01:41 AM

Worth waiting for… outstanding…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 02:10 AM

Wonderful box. I know they will appreciate it and it will be displayed for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 02:15 AM

I can see why it was well received by the recipient! Well done.

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 03:33 AM

wow what a cool design and really unique wood. A+ on your first try!

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 05:08 AM

Now that is one sweet bandsaw box Jonathan. Home run bud!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 05:10 AM

WE ARE….Band saw!?

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 06:25 PM

Thank you everyone. I did feel that this piece was another good learning experience, especially the shellac application technique. The most perplexing part was deciding on the front drawer pull. However, when I came up with the ebony ear pull idea, it was one of those “Ah hah!” moments, with the light bulb illuminating. Maybe not quite an epiphany, but certainly a satisfying sigh of relief.

I forgot to mention that it was opened in a room full of Penn State fans.

Jesse, good one! (WE ARE… PENN STATE!)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 08:29 PM

Yes, cool design just about covers it Jonathan, except the good craftsmanship which is also very evident.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 02:02 AM

Outstanding. love the ear pull. Hope you are healing up without any negative effects from the saw accident…

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 09:05 PM

A very good work and an original design

I like it

I like boxes with secrets !!!!

Thanks for sharing

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

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#15 posted 12-29-2010 05:01 AM

I really thought the lion was an inlay until I saw that close-up photo. Nice job with the wood burning! I’ve never done that. You did a great job too on the secret drawer. I just did my first secret drawer last month and it had some challenges for me, but it turned out OK. Thanks for sharing this wonderful box.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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