First bandsaw box...

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Project by maplerock posted 10-22-2013 07:36 PM 1642 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am constantly awed by the talented people that post their work here on LumberJocks. Occasionally I see something that I’d like to try. So many of the beautiful projects are beyond my skill level, but once in a while I will try to broaden my horizons and boldly go where I have never gone before. I had a small chunk of butternut wood and decided to give it a go.

A bandsaw box seemed simple enough, so I made a heart shaped box for my wife. I learned several things as I stumbled through this. After watching YouTube videos on bandsaw boxes I began. It went smoothly, but I got ahead of myself a little. After cutting off the bottom and hollowing out the middle… I glued and clamped the bottom back on. I had not taken into account that I was putting a swivel lid on the box and I needed a dowel through the bottom that would allow the lid to swivel.

I later drilled down through the middle section and made a hole to accept the dowel which I glued into the lid. The dowel is long enough to stay in place. If I had it to do over again I would glue the bottom on last after drilling out a larger hole to accept a nut that would allow the lid to swivel without being able to be pulled out.

I also learned how to use earth magnets to keep the lid closed. This one in the lid:

The one in the lower section is covered with a thin plug.

I also found out that I really rely a lot on my orbital sander. You have to sand much of this by hand. I do have a Ridgid oscillating spindle sander that came in handy. If I had sanded better before assembly it would have been easier.

All in all I like the end result. My wife likes it too.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 07:56 PM

Very, very nice!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 07:57 PM

Looks good. Since you learned from it, even better.

Don’t downgrade your skill level. We all are capable to build anything. We simply must accept the challenge.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 08:38 PM

Jerry, I have made allot of BS boxes and I have to say I really like the simple design of your heart box. Is that a large or small sized box?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 09:01 PM

Beautiful heart shape box. Even better for your first. Nice even grain lines on the wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 09:25 PM

That came out really good Jerry…!
Some of my best ideas and lessons learned come from those “I Should Have” moments that always come after the fact. Say hello to Linda from Carol and I.

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#6 posted 10-22-2013 09:30 PM

Thanks John, Dave, and Monte! Larry, it is about 7 inches tall, 5 inches wide and three deep. I appreciate that Greg. I will tell Linda and please tell Carol hello!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 09:23 AM

Jerry, this is a lovely project. I like the little twist at the tip. It gives it a nice design flair. The magnets help realign the lid after you open it. This would make a great design for ring boxes for weddings. Did you sand the back before you re-attached it? Good day to have a spindle sander. This project is a real winner. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 02:59 PM

I give it 10 thumbs up. That’s the number of thumbs I have to work with in the shop. Excellent work with what can be a challenging build. I’ve made a couple of heart boxes as gifts. They are loved and cherished.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 04:37 PM

Beautiful box! I use various size drum sanders in my drill press for much of the sanding on my boxes. I also use an 8d nail cut off for the pivot. The shiny metal heat doesn’t seem to distract from the beauty if left exposed on top. I love doing different projects and learning / inventing new ways to accomplish what needs to happen. I use pivots and magnets because I don’t do hinges well…and don’t necessarily want to learn. Thanks for sharing with us. I too like the unique heart shape. Keep those projects coming.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#10 posted 10-23-2013 04:42 PM

That’s a beautiful little box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 10-23-2013 09:46 PM

A fine bs box, Jerry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-28-2013 03:47 PM

Lovely box! Like the pretty heart shape and the beautiful wood. Happy wife, successful project and happy life.

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