Milled Box

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Project by jumbojack posted 10-28-2012 11:17 PM 1810 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 12:14 AM

Isn’t it amazing what firewood chunks can look like all dressed up! Your Juniper looks like cedar on steroids!! I love the way both beautiful grains blend together like that … and your handle is a perfect compliment. Well done jumbojack!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 01:17 AM

It is so rewarding to me to be able to take a project from a log to the end result. You have the bug now! I went on a crusade to make a box from every kind of wood I couls cut locally. That was a lot of fun and satisfaction for me. Keep up the good work and enjoy the journey.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 01:19 AM

It looks like a cool box! Keep up the good work!

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 01:20 AM

Good looking even if it came from store bought wood. Your ingenuity really makes it special.

I just put a riser on my Rigid 14” last week and figured it would be a good time to get a real resaw blade. So I chose the Woodslicer 1/2” also. Today was the first woodslicer cuts and I could not believe the quality of cuts. To be honest, up to now I had only used a used blade and cheapest Olson before the riser, then the freebie from Grizzly after the riser to see if I did it right.


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#5 posted 10-29-2012 01:36 AM

Good work. I love cutting it all myself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 07:12 AM

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting.


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#7 posted 10-29-2012 11:32 AM

Very beautiful box. I like the color hue/s in the grain. The natural edge handle is way kool also. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 02:04 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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