Valentine's Bandsaw Box

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Project by Picken5 posted 561 days ago 1145 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really didn’t want to make a traditional heart-shaped box—and I’ve always wanted to try making a bandsaw box. (This was a first for me.) What makes this a Valentine’s Box is that I filled it with candy and gave it to my wife for a Valentine’s Day present.

Building it was interesting. I dug through my scraps and laminated a few pieces together. But not just any scraps. They all came from lumber that I’d used to build something else in our home—so each piece had a special meaning to us. I used ambrosia maple for the front & back and the center pieces are hard maple, makore, sycamore, and black walnut.

After deciding on the shape (kinda similar to other bandsaw boxes I’ve seen), I started cutting. If I’ve learned nothing else, I’ve learned how to make a deep bandsaw cut (this box is about 5” thick) and keep the cut fairly smooth. Now, that doesn’t mean the cuts on this box were smooth. Quite the contrary. They were scalloped like crinkle-cut french fries. I had tons of sanding to do to get this completed. But I knew I’d used a good blade and that my bandsaw was in reasonable shape. That only left one possibility—my technique. While waiting for glue to set and the finish to dry, I was cutting every scrap I could get my hands on to figure out how to keep the cut smooth. The secret was in a remark made by some unnamed LJ who said something like, “Don’t force it, let the bandsaw do the work.” I decided this meant I should slow down—and by golly, it worked! By dramatically slowing down how fast I fed the wood into the blade, I was able to achieve the mythical smooth bandsaw cut—which, it turns out, is no longer mythical—to me anyway.

I finished it with clear, brush-on laquer.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 561 days ago

Great looking band saw boxes .

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 561 days ago

The creativity is awesome! Absolutely fabulous!

-- "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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#3 posted 561 days ago

Hello picken5 a very nice bandsaw bow

A personn will be very happy …

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 559 days ago

A very beautiful band saw box and thoughtful gift to wife. Way to go!


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#5 posted 559 days ago

Very nicely done!

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#6 posted 558 days ago

Very nice, I was going to do the same for my wife till I broke my band saw last week, still waiting for parts.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#7 posted 558 days ago

That’s a very nice band sawed box and it’s very colorful. It will make a fine gift. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 227 days ago

This is a mighty fine bs box. Gotta luv creating this outta scraps. There is no scraps in woodworking. It’s all good.

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

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