My First Bandsaw Box

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Project by blackivory69 posted 06-17-2011 10:30 AM 3245 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not posted for a while because I was very busy. Well actually I still am. I thought It’s time for me to give my share since I have been learning a lot from this site by just lurking almost everyday. So I will try to post some of my projects in the next few days.

This is my 1st Bandsaw Box. I’m hoping that it will pass and will give me the opportunity to be a member of the bandsaw box society :). It was made of Alder, Maple, Pine, and Walnut. This was a gift to my bestfriend’s 13 years old daughter. Two coats of Danish Oil and two coats os Wipe On Poly. Any kind of comment will be appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- blackivory69

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 10:38 AM

Very cool! Someone special will love it! First one aye, hard to tell that. I like the style and the fact you went big right off the bat. Well done!

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

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 01:20 PM

That’s one very nice bandsaw box! How do you get the drawers to open with the arrow running through them? ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 01:24 PM

I think you did a fantastic job on these. Thumbs up.

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 02:58 PM

That’s impressive, especially for your first one!

I like your grain orientation and continuous grain flow across the front of the piece, giving it a cohesive look.

I think the only minor thing I might’ve done differently is the location and direction of your entry points to cut out the drawers. Go in-line with the grain with the cut, rather than across, or against it. When done that way, the cut lines tend to blend right in with the grain lines.

How did you choose to anchor the box to the base?

-- 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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#5 posted 06-17-2011 03:11 PM

Very nice box indeed! Great design and obviously a lot of planning went into this project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 04:04 PM

That is one of the nicest boxes I’ve ever seen. I love the double heart shaped feature and the little heart pulls are awesome. Great job on the finish as well.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 04:11 PM

very smooth I like it

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 04:49 PM

Very nice design – cool project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 05:26 PM

Very nice box! Love the design. Well done.

-- Just A Girl

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 06:08 PM

This is one of the reason why I believe that this is the best woodworking website, because of you guys. Thanks to all.

Brandon: Cupid gave me a very special arrow ;)

Jonathan: You are absolutely right. That’s a very good advise. I will try to remember that next time. Thanks. :)

-- blackivory69

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#11 posted 06-17-2011 06:20 PM

No problem. You said you wanted all comments, so I thought a bit of constructive criticism was OK. That’s the only part of it I saw that I’d do differently though.

I mentioned cutting with the grain lines in my bandsaw box blog series that I did, documenting my first bandsaw box.

I know it was certainly a learning experience for me and I had an enjoyable time doing it. I know it was my first box, but it won’t be my last.

-- 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 06-22-2011 12:33 AM

incredibly awesome! really. very nice. really like the design.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 06-22-2011 01:05 AM

Very nice. I especially like the way you made the smaller “airborn” box set back from the plane of the anchor box.
Care to describe that process?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 02:39 AM

Jonathan – I anchored the box to the base by glue with three dowels. Sorry for the late response.

Gene – I set back the “airborn box” by using hand plane on the face. I was really careful to pass the line of the “lower heart”. And then I used chisel where the line is, and then sand a little. It was only set back maybe 1/4” from the lower heart. I forgot to take a photo of the back but if you’ll see it, the back is flush and there was an engraved name of the owner as well. I hope this answers your question. Thanks.

Roger- I’m glad you like it. Wait till you see my second box, I’ll post it in a few days. Thank you. :)

-- blackivory69

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 02:41 AM

A very nice looking box. Not always do you have to hide the cut line in the grain. There are many times I am unable to do that in boxes I make, so I carve into the line so it sticks out….I know that sounds a little dumb, but I have found it looks pretty good. I also sand over the lines on the face of the box and the drawers… I think this gives the drawers a more finished look. Look at a few that I have posted…more to follow.

For your first band saw box, you have figured it out very well….I can see lots of them in your future.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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