Two Drawer Band Saw Box in Yellowheart and Walnut

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Project by FloridaArt posted 01-02-2011 01:58 PM 1742 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

December, 2010 – This box started as a glue up of yellowheart and walnut. The handles are walnut also. This combination of wood really popped once the clear lacquer gloss spray went on. This was my first project with yellowheart and I found it to be easy to work with.

When I designed this I wanted it to kind of come to a point on the upper right. Now that it’s completed I think maybe I exaggerated the point too much. The top drawer has a rather long lip that could have been avoided with a better design.

The other interesting thing was making the curved front. It is not flat. But the “wave” in the front is rather gentle. It occurred to me later that in might be interesting to accentuate that wave such that vertical stripes of walnut appear from the front view. I need to try that.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 06:09 PM

So you’re thinking about doing a thin layer of walnut on the front that mostly gets cut away then? That might be interesting. If you did that, I wonder if the pulls might look better if they were vertically oriented as well? That way, you’d have a cohesive directional lines on the front.

I think trying new things, designs, etc. Is the key to growing both your woodwork and your creative and executional skills as a woodworker, so keep it up!

I’d be curious to see more of a side shot, or better yet, a top shot that shows us the gentle curve a bit more.

Did you lay down felt, or flock the drawers? It looks like felt from here.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-03-2011 01:36 PM

Thank you Jonathan for the nice compliments! I will try to answer your questions:

The felt is about a sixteenth inch thick and comes in sheets. I cut it down to fit the bottom of the drawers and glue it down.

Here is a photo of the top view, looking straight down from the top. What I was trying to explain about the walnut: Had I either cut the curves in the front deeper (to come into the walnut), some of the walnut would be showing—or—if I had a thinner piece of yellowheart in the front, some of the walnut would be showing. If the bottom of a curve just skimmed the walnut, from the front I think it would look like a vertical walnut stripe. I need to play with this idea on my next glue-up band saw box.

Another idea, now that you’ve got me thinking about this: Tilt the band saw table when cutting the wave on the front face. From a front view, the exposed walnut would appear as diagonal stripes. Not sure if it would look good, but it sure would look different. :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 05:28 PM

Art, maybe you can do a simple glue up of walnut and yellowheart and run those 2-strips through the table saw, then cut a curve on the bandsaw to see if you’re happy with it or not? If you like it, you could always laminate that chunk onto a bit mor stock to have a box blank?

Thanks for posting the extra photo. I hope you’ll include more pictures like this in the future to highlight the extra features and details you add to your work.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-04-2011 02:07 AM

All three boxes came out very nice. One day I have to try to make one of these. I really enjoy seeing yours.

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