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Project by Topsailor posted 378 days ago 770 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of 2 bandsaw boxes I recently completed. The plans came from here on lumberjocks. For this one I used walnut and maple laminated together. The second box is made from red oak that I salvaged from a pallet and also found the design here on LJ’s. All in all I was happy with the outcome except the drawers weren’t as snug as I had hoped. My cuts weren’t very smooth and I broke my cheap 1/8” blade on this but I have a new timberwolf blade on the way. Also the glue squeeze out on the inside of the drawers was a pain. The sanding was likely to drive me insane. Both boxes are lined with felt. I finished it with a 1/3 mix of Poly, BLO, and Mineral Spirits which I also found here. This is my first attempt at bandsaw boxes so any tips or criticism would be appreciated.





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dee2

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#1 posted 377 days ago

Hi,
Using a 1/8” blade makes it harder to control. I use a 3/16”, with 10 or 11 TPI. This size works well. Also, when cutting drawers out or cutting a smaller radius, you have to go slower and let the blade do the work. Just guide it gently through.
Not sure what you’re sanding with, but a belt sander makes it much easier. I sand to 220 on the belt, then down to 400 with a palm sander. For the inside areas I use a spindle sander and only sand to 220. Before I had the spindle sander, I used sanding drums mounted in a drill. Have also used drums mounted in a drill press, but it’s a bit slower.
Building Beautiful Band Saw Boxes by Lois Ventura is a good book with many more tips for becoming addicted to making these!
Hope this helps.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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Surfside

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#2 posted 377 days ago

You just made a magnificent band saw box! For a first timer, you should be really proud with your astonishing project. You’re doing a good job. By the way, what is your band saw?

-- "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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Topsailor

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#3 posted 377 days ago

I have a stationary belt/disc sander which did a lot of the sanding but the inside was mostly by hand. The first box is about 4” tall so getting in there with anything else was impossible. I own a 14” Foremost Tools bandsaw that I got off CL. After the 1/8” blade broke I used a 3/8” with 4 tpi. Thank you for all the suggestions and support.

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sgv

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#4 posted 377 days ago

Great box I am not new to woodworking but I am new to this site, where can I find plans?

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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otindashop

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#5 posted 376 days ago

Top Sailor:

Great box!!! I love contrasts in woodworking like you did.

Burt

-- Read and Write, thank a teacher...Speak English, thank a Veteran.

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 375 days ago

You are off to a good start. They look great. Like the shapes and the wood choice. You should make more.

—www.sawblade.com

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