First Bandsaw box complete

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Project by BarryW posted 1183 days ago 1770 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bandsaw box. It’s made from an 28 inch American Elm tree trunk taken down on West Chicago Street in Rapid City, South Dakota about 5 years ago. The wood was turned into flitches on a bandsaw mill in Spearfish, South Dakota owned by woodworker Larry Kellogg. It was produced on a 17 inch extrreme series bandsaw from Grizzly with a 1/4 inch blade. It was sanded to 220 and finished with three coats of Watco Danish Oil and one waxing with Trewax. The drawers are lined in tanned elk hide. It stands about 11 inches tall.

BarryW, Rapid City, South Dakota near Johnson Siding on Rapid Creek.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 1183 days ago

Barry, this certainly turned out to be a gorgeous box. I have followed your blogs on this project and the finished box has been worth the wait. Just guessing I would say there are more of these in your future. It sounded as if you had a lot of fun producing this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1183 days ago

That’s pretty impressive for a first box, I wish my first one turned out that well!

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#3 posted 1183 days ago

There are plenty of mistakes on this if you’ll let me point out its faults…but there comes a point when one says this is okay….and also it’s usually the maker who is over-the-top critical. But I learned from every mistake I made and did my best to correct them. Because I don’t have alot of time to make things, watching my elderly mother and all, it made me slow down and work slowly on it. So that taught me something. We need patience in our “making”....patience is one of our greatest tools. Oh sure, we like the motorized, mechanical tools….but those save some labor. It’s patience that produces the finish….the final product….it’s patience that gives us the learning experience. It’s patience that lets us think about what we are making….and it’s that thinking process that gives a better product. There were times I just stared at it. Just stared. Deciding on what to do with the drawer pulls with an epic battle inside my head. In the end it’s like so many others….but I now like to think that I’ve earned my boy scout merit badge in woodworking….okay so it’s 46 years later than when I should have earned it….but whether or not I get the merit badge, I’ve earned it….and I’ve learned it. It’s like so many other bandsaw boxes….but this one I made. I was going to give it away. But now I’ve decided to keep it. It looks nice next to my mother’s statues of Confucious.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 1183 days ago

Any Boy Scout may earn
any merit badge at any time.
You don’t need
to have had rank advancement to be eligible.

here is your merit badge

on a job well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1183 days ago


Well done, the story of the making is as good as the end product !

Nice woork, I look forward to your next bandsawn box !

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#6 posted 1183 days ago

Great first box! I really like the drawer pulls and the wood choice. I have the same 17” Grizz saw and love it. If you dont have a Carter stabilizer, get one. It was a little pricey but made these small projects a lot more fun. Keep up the good work. Andy

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 1182 days ago

Thank you, Scoutmaster David, I shall cherish this honor of accomplishment that you have bestowed upon me at this stage of my growth years….okay the growth of my gut….but growth years none the less.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 1182 days ago

Very nice work! The drawer pulls are awesome!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1182 days ago

Very nice box, you have the means and talent to do anything you want. You are perfectly right, we are our own worst critiques. Lighten up, you made a gorgeous box. remember:

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 1179 days ago

hello Barry! Very impressive for a first bandsaw box!! now I am starting to wonder what your second box will be like great job…

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