First Bandsaw Box

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Project by Elizabeth posted 07-09-2013 05:08 AM 2846 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of four bandsaw boxes that I have been working on. I finished this one first so I could give it to my visiting mother-in-law before she returns home tomorrow.

It is made from Western Red Cedar, and I think the starting block was 4×4x6 inches. The outer shape was spur-of-the-moment freehand. The inside is lined with adhesive felt. I had planned to make a little handle but I like the finger-hole cutout better.

Finishing gave me a lot of trouble. I started with multiple coats of danish oil but it never seemed to finish sucking it into the end grain. I put on a ridiculous number of coats and always had dry patches. Eventually on recommendation from some LJs I switched to Minwax wipe-on poly. Had trouble with that too – it seemed to clump on and get sticky and I actually scraped some of it off last night before sanding it off and starting over with another coat. It’s still a little tacky but it’s the best I could do in time for her flight and I hope it will settle down in time.

My MIL likes it a lot. She says it’s going to go on her dressing table in her bedroom. Hopefully the finishing of the other three will go more smoothly!

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 05:37 AM

Elizabeth, I like your design. The shape and opener placement have a nice free-form feel. My guess is that with so many coats of oil you need to give it about a week or two to dry. Even in summer I give my single oil coat two days to dry. I have good luck with this method and Blackie tells me it works well on his band saw work. Nice job. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 08:50 AM

Great looking band saw box. I love the free form cut and the finger hole. You are hooked now aren’t you

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 09:55 AM


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#4 posted 07-09-2013 12:20 PM

Great job, be careful bandsaw boxes are addictive ;-P
Finishes have always troubled me, so you’re not alone.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 12:21 PM

Great job for a first time band saw box…looks great.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 12:46 PM

Very nice box, Elizabeth.
Try multiple lighter coats. Just a bit more than a damp cloth is what you want. If it drips off the cloth, it’s way too much.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 01:23 PM

I really like it Elizabeth, I really do!!
I think you did a great job!
I am glad she like it!
Great work, keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 02:29 PM

A most excellent BSB! Thats a unique form. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#9 posted 07-09-2013 04:05 PM

Perfect for the first time!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-09-2013 04:42 PM

Hello Elizabeth

A great work for the fisrt time

The design is very sweet

Thanks for sharing

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

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#11 posted 07-09-2013 05:41 PM

Elizabeth, a great box, awesome, Big Al is correct sounds like you didn’t give the oil a chance to dry.

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#12 posted 07-09-2013 07:45 PM

Nice job Elizabeth! The finger hole for a pull is great, no knob to sand/try to finish around. Well done. Thanks for posting.
Cute model!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 07-09-2013 09:22 PM

That is a beautiful band saw box! I love the wood. That is some super work.

-- "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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#14 posted 07-09-2013 09:59 PM

You have my interest in how you cut that out. I recently got a band saw and have been looking for things to do. Nice job.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#15 posted 07-10-2013 01:04 AM

Great shape! You obviously have an eye for design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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