|Project by jumbojack||posted 10-28-2012 11:17 PM||1500 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This little box (9”x6”x3”) was a first for me. I milled the lumber on my new (to me) Central Machinery bandsaw. I have, since I began woodworking, wanted a bandsaw to mill my own material. The oak sides came from a piece of firewood that was under the sink in the garage for several years. Picture two shows the roughed out blank (Billet?)
The top and bottom from a pretty good sized Juniper branch from my front yard. It was dead when I cut it out two years ago. It was outside for the entire time. Pic two shows the insides. I cut a rabbet on the top and bottom. Glued in the bottom. I left a little ‘move’ room in the rabbet for the bottom. This Juniper was really brittle and was prone to tear out as the grain goes everywhere. I had made up several handles for the top and was not happy with any of them. I was contemplating the dilemma when there on the floor under the bandsaw was an off cut from milling the Juniper. A couple of strokes on the sanding block some glue and voila a pretty cool live edge handle. Picture 5 is yet another dilemma the corner blew out. I still don’t know what I’m going to do about it. The last pic shows the Oak, all trued up ready to mill. It had some really coolblue streaks running through it.
I got the bandsaw two months ago and was pleased the way it cut. It had a sharp 1/2” blade on it but I was sure the saw would do better with a quality blade. I purchased a Woodslicer 1/2” from Highland and WOW what a difference. It went through that 4” oak blank so smoothly I barely had to clean up the milled planks.
Except for that blown out corner I really like this simple box. the top is stunning the grain is amazing rays and flecks of color, great depth just some really pretty wood.
It also smells like cedar on steroids.
I finished it with my standby LACQUER. Five coats rubbed between the 3rd and 4th with 400. Then the final coat and then some 600 love. Then two coats of Johnson Paste Wax. I love the way it feels…..and smells!
Thanks for looking.
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