Floating drawer bandsaw box

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Project by Tennessee posted 10-03-2012 04:41 PM 3565 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box a couple of months ago, and posted it on Facebook. Sold one based on it. It is canarywood in the front, with purpleheart handles, and reclaimed oak for the body, including the rear protrusions of the back of the drawers, which were taken and cut from one piece. The inclusion was left on the back on purpose.
It stands about 10” high, by 3.5” deep, by about 4” wide. Finish is spray lacquer.
The original design was by Tony Ward of Australia, and I ran across his work a while back. I have pics he has since taken off his website, I still cannot figure out how he cuts out the forms with a bandsaw.
The inner openings were not easy!
Thanks for lookin’!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 04:45 PM

Hello Tennessee

A very original bs box

I really like it

Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 04:52 PM

Wow Paul that turned out great,it looks like it’s pretty tricky to make.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 07:19 PM

I love the design. I have not cut this design, but one a bit like it on the band saw. I started by cutting off the back 1/4” of the block to allow me to cut the inside and drawer cut outs, then glued the back on and finished cutting the out side design. Don’t mean to sound flip about this, as I and you know nearly all band saw boxes are cut this way. But of course I have not tried this design. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 07:27 PM

Larry: The trick with this one was after cutting off the back, I had to recut out the drawer backs separately in the exact position to maintain grain position and give it some definition on the back. And of course, the inside cut was a tough one, trying to keep the oak from cracking on that outside wall. When you would sand on it, there was a drum-like sound coming off it.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 07:31 PM

Well done Paul, I like it a lot.

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 07:36 PM

This is a beautiful piece. One of my more useful approaches is to remove much of the stock near thin walls with the drill press using a Forstner bit, then cut the remainder with a 14 tpi 1/8” blade. In one of my recent bandsaw boxes, which won an award by the way, I used the drill press a lot.

Thanks for sharing this.

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 07:39 PM

Paul I understand now how you cut your box…and you would be correct on it being hard to line up everything if you wanted to leave the back of the box like you did. That would be hard to match up the back you just removed to show only the backs of the drawers and loose the wood that is around the drawers. Very well done.

I would guess the cuts were started on an outside edge and cut into the block, and after it is cut out, the interior cuts are hidden when glued together…at least I think I would do it that way.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 07:54 PM

Larry:, You are right. After cutting off the back, I cut out the outside first, then cut the drawers out to help minimize “thru-cuts”. And I could use the air gap to help with reversing the blade position, etc. Obviously gluing up inside cuts on this was a challenge, using small spring clamps which were small enough to get inside the surrounding air gap. Actually, the toughest part was the sanding. This is the box that made me go buy a Harbor Freight bandfile after I was done!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 07:59 PM

Paul, I read what you wrote over and over, and as I understand it, you removed the back and then cut the outside of the design and the drawer cut outs. Did you reglue the back on and then cut the inside cuts except for the drawers you already cut out? Sorry to keep going on and on about this. And what is a bandfile? Are you speaking of hand files? I use them allot to get the contour of the box

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 10:04 PM


Thank you for acknowledging the source of this bandsawn box.

A tip, if the back of the block is bandsawn first then bandsaw the drawers it is easier to glue and close the entry points to each drawer then glue the back onto the block. Then proceed to bandsaw the area about the drawers and bandsaw the external shape. If the block is squared it makes it a whole lot easier to work with, through these various stages.

Hopefully my new web site will be up and running very soon, then there will be a number of new bandsawn box making concepts to enjoy!

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 10:42 PM

Great looking box!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 10-04-2012 12:01 AM

I like it.

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#14 posted 10-04-2012 12:15 AM

Hey Paul, that’s really nice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 10-04-2012 12:41 AM

Larry: I cut off the back, then did the outside air gap, then the drawers, then laid the back onto the unit as I had cut it, and with a scribe, went through the air gaps and copied out on the back as much of the backs as I could, then cut them out. I then glued on the pieces, and sanded them in place. And a bandfile is actually an electric tool. You can see my review of two, the Harbor Freight and the Proxxon bandfile. It’s in the reviews, only about a week old.

Tony, I am so impressed with your work, I was heartbroken when you took your website down for rebuild. I tried to make some changes in mine so as to not copy directly, but obviously as you know, this is a version of one of your more famous boxes. Thanks for the tip, and thanks for the post!
By the way, I still look at your single box unit that stems up like a flower with the single drawer sticking out like a flower, and still have not quite got the cuts down straight. I apologize, I cannot remember the name of it, but when I first saw it, I was spellbound as to how someone could do that on a bandsaw!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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