Hillbilly Aims for the Heart

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 01-08-2013 10:40 PM 4916 views 18 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The creative seed for this project was planted by LJ Todd2010’s post entitled My first bandsaw box (c.f., ). I commented that I thought my wife would like one and although I’d never made a bandsaw box, I’d try it for a Christmas present. Well, I tried it. This is my first attempt at building a BSB. However, I’m a little late for Christmas.

The material is Bloodwood. It measures approximately 5-3/4” tall by 6-1/2” length by 5” thick. The finish is Deft lacquer from a spray can (multiple coats over three distinct drying sessions), with the last coat being rubbed with 0000 steel wool and waxed with Howard’s paste wax. The inside of each drawer is lined with garment suede because that was the only red suede our local leather store had after the Christmas rush.

Although late, my wife seemed pleased and I actually enjoyed the finishing process (somewhat) because it really brought out the beauty of the Bloodwood and reintroduced me to lacquer as a wood finish.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

P.S. Although late, I want to extend my gratitude to my friends at Ballew Saw & Tool for keeping me in neat wood working toys and at O-P Hardwoods for always having a great selection of wood (domestic and exotic) and other wood needs—both businesses being home owned and located here in Springfield, MO.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 11:05 PM

That a fine job for a first BSBox, bet the little lady was quite pleased…nice work..BC

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 11:21 PM

Really nice, will have to add it to my to do list.

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 12:14 AM

Beautiful John! The finish really brings out the character in the wood.

-- Anna

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 12:29 AM

1st BSB! You could of fooled me! This is so nice I would feel privliaged just to have a photo of it. It’s that nice!
It has great color and the lines are so graceful. It’s just so elegant in every way! I bet you just made someone very happy!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 12:51 AM

John, this is absolutely stunning. Wow! The finish looks like glass. I really like how you did this. I’m sure the wife is very happy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 12:58 AM

That is just perfect ! The photography is excellent as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 01:13 AM

I think you gained some points with that beautiful box. I hope all your first tries are as good as this one!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 01:32 AM

WOW! First bandsaw box very nice I know the wife will love, and cherish it. keep them coming.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 01:43 AM

Wow! That is REALLY nice work. I love all the soft curves. The finish came out perfect and makes it very special. Not really your first bandsaw box You must have practiced on a lot a scrap before coming up with this beauty. Is bloodwood the same as Paduk?

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

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#10 posted 01-09-2013 03:39 AM

Great job John. It is stunning I’m sure your wife loves it. The finish is outstanding and I real love the color ad the grain ofthe bloodwood. Careful BS boxes can be adictive.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#11 posted 01-09-2013 05:15 AM

Very nice box. The finish is well done.

Nothing beat blood wood fo a heart shaped box.

Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 01-09-2013 05:41 AM

Nice choice of drawer pulls. Leaves you looking at just the box. Smoooth…................

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

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#13 posted 01-09-2013 06:16 AM

Absolutely beautiful !!!

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

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 07:12 AM

Really nice work!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 01-09-2013 08:37 AM

Incredible work John, particularly for your first attempt, attention to detail is superb, particularly the finishing.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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