Bloodwood Bandsaw Box (ala Scott Phillips)--NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!

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Project by Alex Lane (Custom Guitars & Basses) posted 09-11-2008 10:03 PM 16706 views 50 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Bloodwood Bandsaw Box  (ala  Scott Phillips)--NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!
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Saturday September 6, 2008 I went to Wood Expo 2008 at L. L. Johnson Lumber Mfg. Co. and Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte, MI.

I GOT TO MEET SCOTT PHILLIPS (of The American Woodshop on PBS) for the second year in a row!! I sat in the front row and was no more than an arm’s reach from him most of the time. WOW!! Scott is truly just as he appears on his show: a cheerful, enthusiastic, down-to-earth, and just plain NICE guy who knows tons of things about woodworking. SCOTT EVEN PERSONALLY SHARPENED MY POCKET KNIFE FOR ME as he demonstrated some sharpening techniques on the DMT DuoSharp stone!!

He made three or four boxes on the bandsaw that he called “Puzzle Boxes”. He took a block of wood and cut every side so that it was concave. Then he ‘slabbed off’ the piece he wanted to be the bottom, cut a ‘key’ out of one corner of the box, and after sliding the key up out of the majority of the piece, he cut a sliding top. Then the core of the box was cut out with the cut starting and ending in the key pocket. The bottom got glued back on with super glue and accelerator, and a quick coat of spray-on poly was added. The key makes sure the sliding top won’t fall off until you remove the key itself. Pretty Cool!!

When I got home, I tried making my own from a gorgeous piece of Bloodwood I had just got in the mail.
Here are the results (with sanding to 180 grit and one coat of Zinsser Seal Coat Shellac):


11/12/08 HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT!!

Here’s the link (so you don’t have to break your neck trying to read it!!):

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#1 posted 09-11-2008 10:12 PM

That is a very cool box, I will try my luck making one also. Great pictures tell the story well, thanks for sharing.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#2 posted 09-11-2008 10:16 PM

That’s totally wicked!!
Awesome box!

-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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#3 posted 09-11-2008 10:35 PM

pretty cool indeed… thanx for sharing – gave me a few ideas for future gifts :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 09-11-2008 11:07 PM

oh yah!!! Wonderful job

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#5 posted 09-12-2008 02:44 AM

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 09-12-2008 03:50 AM

I’ve been wanting to try one of these bandsaw boxes, I like the way you incorporated the key, neat idea.

-- Cov, Loomis, CA,

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#7 posted 09-12-2008 04:07 AM

nice box. you have perked my interest in making one of these myself.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 09-12-2008 05:03 AM

great box!.. another thing I’ve “been gonna” do for years now.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 09-12-2008 07:12 AM

Cool! Thanks for sharing. I love the box.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 09-12-2008 07:38 PM

Wow, I like the locking system, very clever well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#11 posted 09-12-2008 07:50 PM

Very very nice and really puzzling bandsawn box.
This post makes me to reconsider buying BS first and Jointer next.. the opposite of the plan.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

#12 posted 09-12-2008 08:34 PM

Thanks for the kind words!! PLEASE GIVE ALL (or at least most of) THE CREDIT TO SCOTT PHILLIPS FOR COMING UP WITH THIS DESIGN. I quote him as calling it a “shop epiphany.”

Feel free to try it!! There’s another technique to making nesting boxes that Scott uses. It involves a top that lifts out instead of sliding. With either technique, if you start with a large enough block o’ wood, you can use what’s removed from the core to make another box, and another, and another…

Scott told us that this is how he proposed to his wife. He gave her a set of nesting boxes with the ring inside the very last one.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#13 posted 09-25-2008 08:29 PM

Very nice. I am going to try to build one tonight! Thanks for the great photo tutorial!

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#14 posted 09-27-2008 10:55 PM

The curves are very enticing! Way to go! I might have to try something like this myself. Thanks for sharing!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#15 posted 11-12-2008 07:20 AM

I’ve been looking at this box for a couple of months now and am ready to try one, were you able to cut the key with a bandsaw? Not sure if mine will make the corners that sharp.


-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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