Hillbilly Aims for the Heart

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 465 days ago 2796 views 16 times favorited 32 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 465 days ago

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

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#2 posted 465 days ago

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 465 days ago

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

-- Anna

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#4 posted 465 days ago

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 , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 465 days ago

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 465 days ago

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

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#7 posted 465 days ago

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 465 days ago

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 465 days ago

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 464 days ago

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 464 days ago

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 464 days ago

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

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

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#13 posted 464 days ago

Absolutely beautiful !!!

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#14 posted 464 days ago

Really nice work!

-- "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 464 days ago

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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