Band Saw Boxes Growing On Trees

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Project by FloridaArt posted 01-19-2012 05:54 AM 2255 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January 2012—I was inspired by the sight of something similar by another woodworker. I had fun making these two “trees.” The boxes are made of pine, as are the tree trunks. The bases and handles are made from various hard woods. The pine came from Home Depot lumber department, and the hardwood came from Anderson Lumber in St. Petersburg.

The color variation in the pine is the result of oil-based stain. There are multiple coats of water-based semi-gloss poly applied. The boxes and trunks are joined with dowels and glue. This is quite sturdy. However, if something were to break I’d think it would be somewhere in the branch and not in the connection.

The last photo includes a DVD case for scale.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 06:02 AM

Glad you added the DVD for scale (great movie by the way). Those are big! First thing I thought of when I saw them were trees with eyes on them. Great work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 06:24 AM

I also thought Eye’s when I first looked as them. And I also thought Orson Welles War of The Worlds.
I like the look! Good idea using the movie box!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 06:42 AM

These are wild and wonderful band saw boxes super work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 11:01 AM

Very cool, I like them.

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

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 02:18 PM

I hope you don’t have that in the bedroom at night! FBDO one of my faves. Dankashein.

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 02:56 PM

Nice looking boxes, I’ve been pondering myself of doing a box that resembles a tree such as the tree of life, so Roger did you have any problems with the resin from the pine sticking to your blade? My dad mid last year gave me reclaimed pine boards from his utility trailer that I ran through my saw to make a box from in which left a very difficult pain in the rear to get off buildup of resin on my blade from the pine, thus I’m a bit weary to use it again.

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 03:00 PM

I like the frog eyes, I like the woods you chose, I like the shapes of the boxes, and the finish looks to be terrific. Can’t say I’m overly ecstatic about the tree support though. I feel it overwhelms the pleasing shapes of the boxes themselves. Maybe if the ‘tree’ shapes were smaller- like half as tall. Just my opinion- you know you are never gonna get away from that when it comes to band saw boxes- LOL.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 03:05 PM

way too kool Art. nice coloring on those beautiful trees

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 04:52 PM

Very unique! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#10 posted 01-19-2012 05:05 PM

Very creative, I like it!
Great movie too..

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#11 posted 01-19-2012 06:20 PM

Very unique. Great job. Keep it up..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 01-19-2012 09:36 PM

All round fabulous..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 01-20-2012 12:46 AM

Art, that is art. Very creative.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#14 posted 01-20-2012 01:13 AM

Well done, there is potential for the development of this concept ????

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 06:12 PM


The “eyes” have it! That’s the first thing I thought of too, with the way the drawer pulls are on there. I’m also with Tony in thinking that these are in their beginning stages of evolution.

Whether or not these boxes evolve, I think they show your growth as a creative woodworker. Great work!

Was it another bandsaw box that inspired you, or something that was simply a tree, such as a jewelry holder or something else?

I hope you do more of these!

-- 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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