Plywood Band Saw Boxes

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Project by Bob Collins posted 11-25-2013 10:50 AM 2745 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing some brilliant band saw boxes here on LJ’s I dusted off my band saw which had been sitting idle for
a long time, laminated some plywood and set about figuring out the nitty gritty of cutting these things.
After a couple of failures like not cutting the back off before cutting the shapes for the draws or not cutting the back and front of the draws before cutting the inside but finally have these to post.
Tony I still can’t get that CD without the site freezing, might need it as I think this could be addictive.
Any comments, hints etc welcome, do I need a thinner band saw blade?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 11:01 AM

It looks to me, Bob, you have continuing free source of ply wood. And you are using it in the best way. It is very nice band saw box. Now, you’re inspiring me to try this kind of boxes. I’m not sure when I will have time for it. Well done.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 11:02 AM

Well Bob, That is really different. I like it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 11:58 AM

G’day Bob,

Beautiful Work!!!!!!!!! I never realized that plywood could look so stunning until you started producing those great Bowls. Now Band Saw Boxes!!!!!......I am intrigued how you blend those lines….do you use marine grade ply and is it 3 ply or 5 ply. Whichever way it looks great.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 12:31 PM

Nifty, Bob.
I too, would like to know what type of ply was used.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-25-2013 02:22 PM

Very effective strong lines

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 03:51 PM

Very cool boxes.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 04:10 PM

Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are those ever cool. Real eye catchers!! Looks like you’ve got the hang of it down pat now!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 06:11 PM

These certainly look really good. Plywood can sometimes do the trick.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 11:59 PM

Thanks for the comments, these are enjoyable to make. Sam, I get cutoffs from a cabinet maker, I reckon you would be planning your box already. Cliff and Gene, used marine ply on these, 3/4” thick but thickness doesn’t matter if laminating, Baltic ply is good but with cheaper ply watch out for voids.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 01:23 AM

Really cool idea using the “voidless” ply which is an endangered species where I live.

Did you stain these to get the nice color contrasts?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 02:41 AM

gfadvm I know what you mean with the voids in plywood but marine ply so far has been void free. Finish is
just a good sanding and a coat of gloss polyurethane.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 06:39 AM

Bob, you are now the official LJ’s ply King, :)
Bloody ripper mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 07:43 AM


You’ve created a new benchmark in bandsaw box making, well done!

Message sent re Bandsawn Box Plans CD

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#14 posted 11-26-2013 06:14 PM

Hello Bob

A great result with plywood

Be careful making bandsaw box and you will be addicted

A lot of sanding I suppose for this project ..

Thanks for sharing

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

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 01:03 AM

Bob C, Thanks for the info.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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