Dr. Seuss Inspired Bedside Table

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Project by Wendy posted 609 days ago 1618 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always enjoyed the whimsy of bandsaw boxes, but have never made one before this project. Must admit that making one 8-1/2 inches deep on my first go around was not the smartest idea. I had to cut out in a few unexpected places because my bandsaw could not make the tight radius. This made the glue up a little tedious. The woods are walnut, maple, cedar and plywood. There is a glass top, but it was removed for the photos. The table was sanded to 400 grit and finished with “Tried-n-True” linseed oil and bee’s wax. It was the first time I have used the “Tried-n-True” product and I was impressed. FYI – not sure I’m getting the name correct – the can is at my shop.

The inspiration for the table is Dr. Seuss. I tried to make the leg and base appear fragile such that they were not strong enough to hold the table. Just like many Dr. Seuss creations. The base is actually larger then the top and the leg cut in such a way that the top is centered directly over the based. Although I generally build items for others, this table is all mine.

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#1 posted 609 days ago

Way cool ,Love it.

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#2 posted 609 days ago

Great colors…..................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 609 days ago

How did you go about sanding a box that deep? Looks like a lot of work. Nice curves throughout.

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#4 posted 609 days ago

Pretty darn cool. Great project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 609 days ago

I have made many band saw boxes, but nothing as nice looking as your table. I would guess the sanding (which I do not mind doing at all) must have taken a bit on the inside of the box for the drawer. I also agree with not lining the drawer with that pretty look of mixed wood. You did a wonderful job…thanks for sharing with us.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 608 days ago

The majority of the sanding inside the box was accomplished prior to gluing the box back together. I masked off the front and back of the drawers to reminder me not to sand the glue surfaces. Finish sanding on the sides was accomplished with my small triangle headed sander, but the sander would not reach the bottom surface. The bottom finish sanding was all by hand and took a while. I think sanding on this project took almost as long as the build, with the most difficult area being the curve sides near bottom flat. It was hard to get in there without rounding the edge. I ended up using the convex scrap (I save all my scrap) as a sanding block.

Thanks for all the comments.

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#7 posted 608 days ago

Very wonderful project combining a bit of whimsy with a lot of skill and hard work. The best thing is it is useful
as well as decorative. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 608 days ago

I’m not really sure if it is my first time to see a band saw box like that, But one thing is for sure, that is superb and unique!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 608 days ago

This is thinking outside of the box. Excellent !!!

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#10 posted 608 days ago

I like to say that designs like this appear “structurally precarious”, which I think is the fragile look that you described.

In particular I like the pair of parallel rails on top, excellent work!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#11 posted 608 days ago

Love your table. I made this jewelery box after taking my daughter to see Beauty and the Beast.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#12 posted 608 days ago

Amazing box! The Cat In The Hat would approve!

-- Dean

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#13 posted 608 days ago

Wendy how did you go about setting those dowels in the top for the glass. WAY COOL

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#14 posted 608 days ago

Earlextech – nice, I can just imagine how happy your daughter was to receive that.

308gap – the local wood supplier has hardwood dowel up to 1/2 inch. I used my router and a round tip bit set at radius depth. The hard part was figuring out where to cut so the glass top would be level. To do this I took a shim the same thickness as dowel radius and moved it on the surface until level bubble was centered. I did check the surface the box was on for level first…. And yeah, it worked.

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#15 posted 608 days ago

What a GREAT design! I only wish I had thought of this. I think you will start a whole new trend with this one. I’ve got to do one of these for my granddaughters. How is the box attached to the upright part of the base?

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

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