Bandsaw box

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Project by UnstoppableDrew posted 11-16-2011 10:54 PM 3117 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago my in-laws in Maryland had a very large Linden tree come down. When we were down there for Christmas I brought back a number of log sections and they’ve been sitting in my workshop ever since, waiting for me to come up with something to do with them.
I finally decided to saw into one and see what was inside. There’s a ton of spalting, bug holes, and punky spots, but none so bad I didn’t think I could work with it. I was originally going to do a pretty simple round box, you can see the outline in the first picture. Then I remembered I had a book on bandsaw boxes (“Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw” by Lois Ventura). This box is loosely based on the “Pisces” design from the book. I was originally going to put flocking in the drawers, but they showed so much spalting and figure I decided it would be a shame to cover it up. The last picture is after 2 coats of General Finishes gel urethane top coat & buffing with steel wool.

-- Nothing looks worse on your outdoors resume than a list of the possible locations of your remains.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 10:59 PM

...and doesn’t that spalting look wonderful!!!
Nice job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 12:01 AM

Nice box and wild lookin wood.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 12:46 AM

Great picture sequence, thanks.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 02:02 AM

Love that box! The grain/spalting of the wood is beautiful. Very nice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 10:05 AM

Hello UnstoppableDrew

A very nicely bandsaw box

A good design
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 02:17 PM

Excellent box out of a wonderful piece of wood. Also, the Lois Ventura book is a great source for creative inspiration. Here are two of my band saw boxes inspired by the same design:

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 03:23 PM

Looks great. What are the overall dimensions? I ask, because I want to try my hand at BS boxes but not real sure what I’d use the box for. (I’ve actually asked this question in a forum). I can see using larger boxes, but some of the smaller ones I’ve seen look like they’d only be good for collecting dust.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 04:12 PM

Very cool box. Great design.

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 08:35 PM

Quick question…What kind of blade, and what size are you using? I just got a new bandsaw, and the stock blade is awful.

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 08:46 PM

DYankee: I can measure it when I get home, I want to say it’s about 10-12” across the from and 5-6” deep. The drawers are fairly shallow, but could be used for jewelry or small keepsakes. A lot of times these kinds of boxes are more decorative than functional.

Jimleigh1313: I have a 14” Jet with a riser block, using 105” blades. I initially sawed up the log using a Timberwolf 3/4” resaw blade, than did everything else with a 3/8” blade. I kind of wish I had sawed the back off before I swapped blades as the 3/8 bowed a bit. I honestly don’t remember what brand the 3/8 is. IIRC I bought it & the riser block at Rockler, I want to say they sell Olsen brand blades. It’s nothing special.

Thanks everyone else for all the compliments. This is my first one of these, and there’s a couple things I wasn’t happy about, but overall I’m pretty pleased with it as a first attempt.

-- Nothing looks worse on your outdoors resume than a list of the possible locations of your remains.

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#11 posted 11-20-2011 04:23 AM

magnificent! I likes it. ya gotta like that spalting and such. very nice project

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

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