Cypress Band Saw Boxes

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Project by Campzeke posted 05-29-2013 01:34 AM 1647 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually made these boxes a couple of months ago but just now getting around to posting. These are made from some Cypress I picked up at Lumber Specialties in Tampa, FL. I had never worked with Cypress before and wanted to see how it was to work with. It machines fairly easy but I had some trouble with the finish sanding. The fine but soft fibers wanter to tear out and leave small divits along the grain. I was able to work most of them out but not sure I want to spend too much time with Cypress for a project like the boxes. I wish I could take credit for the pattern on the end grain but …. Oh what the heck, I’ll take credit for it. After all I did glue the pieces together. I used a fence on the band saw to cut the front and back of the drawers and that allowed me to get a much thinner and straighter cut than I could have done freehand. The finish is 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil topped off with 3 coats of Minwax Paste Wax. Thanks for looking!

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 02:39 AM

I really like the looks of that wood. Those came out really nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 05-30-2013 02:15 PM

These are nice. I just got a bandsaw and made two boxes recently. Once I get the finish on them I may post them but these are definitely great looking.

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 06:07 PM

Nice work!

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 09:19 PM

From the choice of wood, the craftsmanship, and the finish – great output!

-- "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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#5 posted 06-03-2013 01:24 PM

They came out really beautiful. Love the shapes, the grains which really pop with the amazing finish. Great job!


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#6 posted 06-03-2013 01:37 PM

These are really nice and I love the wood.

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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#7 posted 07-30-2013 08:33 PM

Great job. Can you share some more about the pattern on the end grain. Is it 3 pieces? It is really stunning.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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#8 posted 08-15-2013 08:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. @ Jay … The end grain pattern was created by glueing 4 pieces of cypress together to get the thickness I wanted. I wish I could say I was really creative and carefully selected the pieces to get the perfect pattern but that’s just NOT the case. It was just dumb luck on my part but I like the way they came out too.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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