Unorthodox Bandsaw Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-11-2011 10:19 PM 4237 views 34 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bandsaw box was made from spalted beech but not in the usual way you would think of for a bandsaw box. Instead of a drawer, this one had a lid with an integral hinge. It is finished with clear matte spray.
It is a gift for my wife so don’t tell her you saw it yet. It reminds me of a loaf of cinnamon bread!

The last shot is the box with an obelisk I made from the piece I cut out of the center-too nice to throw away!

This is the first time I attempted to make a hidden hinge in this manner and it worked slick so I posted a blog on the process:

It just feels so good to work on a piece of wood like this!!!!!!!!!!
I have one more block,too.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 10:28 PM

Very cool Jim great wood super technique and finished box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 10:29 PM

Love the spalted beech.. really neat execution… all the lines line up… well done.. off to read the blog on the hinges..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 10:33 PM


Very Nice, great use of a special piece of timber. Thank you for the blog.

Lidded boxes are always popular and there are only a few limits as to what a bandsawn box may be!

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 11:22 PM

Beautiful box Jim. I’m sure your wife was very happy with it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 12:41 AM

This is so well done it almost looks like stone work. Very nice work indeed,

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

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 01:40 AM

Beautiful box..

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 02:28 AM

Excellent choice of wood Jim & great job on the box.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 03:04 AM

The wood is CRAZY beautiful! The box unique. Love the hinge. WOW does not quite cover my opinion of these projects, but I can’t come up with anything else. WOW!

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 03:14 AM

Wow. This is great. I like the technique and the wood!

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 05:09 AM

Great looking box. Gotta go learn about the hinges. Fine wood for the wife. Thanks for the post and blog.

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#11 posted 12-12-2011 05:14 AM

This is one of the most beautiful boxes if I may call it that ,I have come across in my life !
It has everything from shape to character to excitement in the wood.
Fantastic design and execution and thanks for the blog which I enjoyed very much .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 12-12-2011 05:45 AM

Great box. I love the design (and will probably be copying it for my own box someday). Your hidden hinge mechanism sounds intriguing… I’ll have to read the blog.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 07:41 AM

That’s one great looking box the grain and finish are beautiful.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 12-12-2011 11:11 AM

Very, very nicely done! Great use of your treasured wood. Your hinge is top notch, I like it. Your wife will love it. Merry X-mas & happy holidays to you & yours.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#15 posted 12-12-2011 12:49 PM

Nice box Jim, like that spalted beech, you get a nice finish. Read your blog and must have a go at both the box and the obilisk, thanks for sharing how you do them. By the way, I picked up the offcuts of corian the other day and will add a picture with my next post.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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