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Project by Arbuckster posted 02-06-2013 09:35 AM 726 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purchased a bandsaw for another project, but remembered a demonstration I saw on bandsaw boxes and decided to give it a try. This is my first box made of oak with walnut handles. It is approx. H 5” x W 5” x D 3.5”

-- Arbuckster, Oregon





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 11:28 AM

Nice and clean cuts, good job.

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Surfside

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 02:35 PM

Sweet! Clean cuts and very well executed! Band saw boxes are kind of addictive and fun to make. Keep it up.

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sink_tinkler

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 06:35 PM

Does one need a 1/4” blade to do these, or does a 3/8” (I think that’s what came with my Porter Cable bandsaw) work?

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Arbuckster

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 06:46 PM

To make much cleaner round cuts you will need a 1/4” blade. I tried my very first unsuccessful bandsaw box using a 3/8” blade. It wasn’t very pretty.

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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sink_tinkler

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 06:54 PM

Thanks, Arbuckster. I’ll chalk up blade size as to why my first bandsaw box didn’t exactly scream “work of art”.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 09:46 PM

Be careful AB, you’ll get hooked on that bandsaw and won’t want to use your scrollsaw anymore LOL. Nice looking BS box.

Actually a 14tpi 3/16 with a carter stabilizer is the best for bandsaw box making,

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Arbuckster

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 10:09 PM

Thanks for the information, I did not know they made blades smaller than 1/4”. I just watched the carter stabilizer video and now I have to get one. Thanks again.

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 03:19 PM

It’s pretty good for a first. Like the shape and the wood combo. Looking forward to more.

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sink_tinkler

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 04:58 PM

All right, AB… I swapped out my stock blade with a 1/4”, and you’re right. It made a WORLD of difference.

Shame on Porter Cable for putting such an unwieldy blade in that!

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Arbuckster

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 09:59 PM

Great to hear ST, I will eventually take blackie’s advice and purchase a 14 tpi 3/16 blade and a carter stabilizer when I start making more intricate boxes. You can get much tighter turns with a 3/16” blade. Best of luck.

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-29-2013 04:40 AM

Carter, or use cool blocks, with the blade buried in the blocks. Yes, a 3/16 blade is the usual choice.

Next box, route the outside corners with a round over bit.

Looks good, contrasting woods are fun to work with aren’t they.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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