|Project by glue4you||posted 08-14-2011 06:49 PM||1879 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This is my first band saw box. I actually made it in a hurry (well, kind of) because my mother got hurriedly married (after a 15 year relationship) on Monday and invited us for Saturday afternoon to celebrate. A bit uncommon maybe.
Took me two days to figure out what I wanted to build her/them. I decided to give a band saw box a shot. I saw the video from Steve (www.woodworkingformeremortals.com) and thought it would be a great afternoon project ….... hahaha …. turned out to be not exactly a one afternoon project. Glad we’re on summer holidays at school. I needed 2 days.
As I did have absolutely no acceptable stock for any project in the shop (I’m just starting) I drove to my Grandma’s house and picked up a piece of a cherry log that had been sitting outside for five years or so. After rough trimming it with the chainsaw (that needed repair before) I found out that it was all wet inside. One afternoon wasted.
I then called our local lumber yard, they usually do veneer and cut up logs for the wood industry. Luckily they happen to be the owners of our apartment and let me rummage about their crap pile. Damn, if there is such a thing as “wood porn” then that was it. I found small and medium sized pieces of cypress, olive tree, smoked dark oak, beech, dark brown blocks of an unknown very dense hard wood …. veneer of all sorts … and much more … for free!!!
Back at the shop I found out:
- that preparing rough lumber is time consuming for a beginner, even if you have machines around.
- why body clamps would be a great improvement for all kinds of glue ups.
- that you really can’t screw up band saw boxes, even if you forget to adjust your blade guides on the band saw after changing to the smallest blade in the shop.
- it would have made sense to straighten out the later bottom side of the box on the planer before cutting the outer shape.
- that saw marks in hard wood are a pain in the … when sanding
- smoked oak is a real beauty after smoothing it out with a hand plane.
- that I will have to intensify my relationship with hard woods outside of home improvement stores. Polishing the oiled and waxed surface on the smoked oak was a great experience.
I finished it with an oil-wax and polished it with a pad on my random orbit sander. Unfortunately I didn’t have time for more than one coat due to drying time. Still, it got a light shine and feels great.
That’s it for the moment. My next project will probably be making spare parts for a half complete bunk bed (bought it for virtually nothing) for my son. We need more space as his baby sister will be knocking on our door in about two weeks from now.
-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany