Curvy Band Saw Boxes

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A couple of band saw boxes. One made of red oak dyed with amber general wood dye. The other poplar dyed with a mix of amber and green general wood dye. Both finished with boiled linseed oil, amber shellac, and paste wax.

I am learning to use different finishes, by practicing on these small projects. So far I’ve learned shellac does not work well in a 95 degree shop with 8 percent humidity. Neither does water based stains. Waster based dyes do okay. Boiled linseed oil works well in heat as does paste wax.

Also red oak is very resistant to its grain being raised by water based finishes. While I swear poplar grain will raise if you breath on it. Poplar is hard to finish with anything. Any advise on any of this is always welcome.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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Jim Sellers

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#1 posted 658 days ago

Very nice boxes and cool looking shapes and curves. I agree with you on the poplar it doesn’t stain and finish well at all. Blotches will come out of nowhere. Glad I used mine all up. And that looks more like felt than flocking. I tried flocking but prefer the felt. (unless it’s a crazy shape.) Great job on hiding the entry cuts.

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#2 posted 658 days ago

Yes that is peel and stick felt, only way to go. I also tried flocking the results were not good.

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#3 posted 658 days ago

Beautiful boxes. I really love the oak one…..

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#4 posted 657 days ago

Very nice looking. Clean and symmetrical.

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#5 posted 657 days ago

Nice looking boxes.
Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 657 days ago

Nice pair.

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#7 posted 657 days ago

Great looking boxes. I also build a number of boxes, plan on posting one soon with poplar in it. I have found that poplar will raise with lacquer, but by using lacquer sanding sealer, I can get it to have a hard finish which even raised, I then sand off up to at least 320 grit. Then I coat it with the gloss, (spray it), and all is well. I don’t have much problem with splotching poplar, maybe the moisture is higher where you are?

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#8 posted 657 days ago

Great shape on the boxes, something different.
Yes, poplar is a pain. Am currently doing 2 poplar bs boxes. Here’s my process….I always sand to 320. Before I start with 280, I always wipe the project down with a wet sponge. If I use danish oil as a finish, I always sand to 400 and then apply oil with a small piece of 600 sandpaper. I have never had a problem with this process. Two days after lacquer is dry, I sand with THE BACK of a piece of sandpaper just to smooth the finish.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#10 posted 657 days ago

Nice work, well done !

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#11 posted 657 days ago

VERY elegant bandsaw boxes.

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#12 posted 657 days ago

Very nice looking boxes I must say! Peel and stick… Good job on that too!

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#13 posted 650 days ago

If you don’t mind me asking, where’s the entry point of the blade on your boxes? Looks fantastic!

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#14 posted 649 days ago

Four entry points. From the outside bottom of each drawer. Then glued back together. If you look real close you can see them on the poplar (greenish) one.

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#15 posted 648 days ago

Ahh, I see it now…very nicely done! Love that they are different than most other BS boxes. I really need to try my hand at one of these someday soon. Thanks!

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