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A three drawer bandsawn box with five storage compartments.
~ W.I.P. report
(1) The Block.
Australian Red Cedar ~ part of a stump containing burl and with a variable moisture content.
The above image depicts the pencil drawing on block to define outline, drawer shapes and bandsawing direction. The drill holes are used to overcome expected difficulties with the green timber and clean saw dust build up.
100 minutes (approx.) to create the outline shape.
On completion of the bandsawing the shape of the box altered as the timber acclimatised to the environment.
(2) On completion of the bandsaw work.
On completing the shaping and initial sanding (80 grit) the box was immersed in a bath of Tung Oil in an endeavour to stabilise the timber.
The image shows the oiled box and the yet to be oiled carved drawers.
(3) Upper drawer:
This drawer contains a lift out box in the lower section of the drawer. The hinged box is retained in place by the use of a magnet.
(4) The centre drawer
This drawer contains two storage compartments, including a secret and hidden drawer.
The first image depicts the middle drawer opened to reveal the drawer’s partitions.
(5) The secret and hidden drawer
Access to the hidden drawer is achieved by detaching the drawer front. The drawer front is retained in place by the use of magnets and a concealed locking mechanism.
Images of the centre drawer showing the secret and hidden drawer, with the drawer front detached.
(6) The Lower drawer.
Note the presence of some the “checks” which became apparent only after the block was bandsawn.
A check is a separation that extends along the grain and results from stresses developed as the surface layers of wood loss moisture and shrink while the main body of the material underneath is fully distended.
Wood in Australia, Bootle, K.R. (Keith R.). 2nd ed.
The checks were filled with shellac.
For further information – ” Pocket Guide to Bandsawn Box Making”:
-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org