|Project by Alin Dobra||posted 01-30-2008 05:02 PM||6997 views||16 times favorited||48 comments|
Here it is, almost 28 hours before the deadline, my entry for the 2×4 contest. This bandsaw box is made entirely form a 2×4 construction grade pine I purchased from HD (2.57$). I hope this project will convince you that pine, despite being a construction material, can legitimately be used to make delicate and sophisticated things.
My entry for the “not just any box” contest ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/4772 ), is a carefully designed, thoroughly thought out project that I “cooked up” over a month. This project is exactly the opposite. After first trying to make a turned box (oh boy, do I hate turning dry wood), I purchased another stud from HD and thought about making a bandsaw box (I was running out of ideas). I had no idea how the box would look like but I cut the stud in 6 15” sections (6” leftover). While playing with the pieces, it struck me that I can make a two sided box. I immediately though about joining the two sides at an angle. The rest kind of just followed naturally. I drew the patterns directly on the board without any sketch and mostly followed my instincts. After finishing the shaping of the top part, I started thinking about a base. Since the top seems very light, I wanted (and ended up doing) an almost surreal base. Since the pine is so light, when I look at and handle this piece I have the feeling that it wants to fly.
I picked as the name for the piece “Heavy with fruit” since it looks like a tree that bent due to the heavy fruits it has to carry. As it is usually the case for bandsaw boxes, different people see different things. If you post a comment on this box I am curious what the books looks like to you.
Details about the box:
1. It is 14” tall, 18” wide (wingspan) and 7” deep (3” for the top part since it is made out of 2 pieces of stud glued together).
2. The finish is shellac. I applied a single coat and sanded it down with 400 grit paper. I know from some of my other projects that pine does not look good with a heavy finish. It does look and smell good with almost no finish at all
3. The box is made entirely out of pine, glue and two screws to attach the top to the base. Gluing the top to the base is a bad idea due to wood movement (I would have really liked to avoid using screws but it is not possible).
4. The drawer handles and the branch details are hand carved (I’m all worked up after carving the rose for the other box).
In terms of construction difficulty, besides tight curves with the bandsaw, sanding is difficult and tedious.
Here are some more pictures of the result of my creative impulse discharged on a 2×4 (click on the pictures to get a higher resolution photo):
Thanks for looking,
-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida