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Forum topic by ScottM posted 05-11-2016 01:04 PM 626 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2016 01:04 PM

I’ve yet to create a band saw box. It is on my to do list just because I think they are cool. I’ve seen countless videos and read a lot of information and there seems to be a few different takes on the order of things. So I thought I’d come here and see what the masses think.

The biggest question I have is when to cut the main outside box shape; the first step or one of the last steps. Or, does it matter? Does reattaching the resawed back with it still being a “square” make alignment easier?

I plant on doing some testing with some scrap pine 2×6 so maybe it will just be a personal preference, but look forward to some experienced craftspeople knowledge.

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#1 posted 05-11-2016 01:46 PM

Been studying up to make my first one too. Seems the traditional method is to cut the outside shape first, then take the back off. Then switch to a scrolling blade and cut the drawer out. Back to the resaw blade to cut the front and back off the drawer, and then back to the scroll blade to cut hollow out of the drawer. Glue all the parts back together and you’ve got a box.


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#2 posted 05-11-2016 03:06 PM

Watch the obligatory band saw tune up video:

Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass

At about 25 minutes in, he makes a band saw box.

Basically what Brian sez. Cut out the shape, slice off the back, cut out the drawers, then glue the back piece back on. For each drawer, cut front and back off, cut out middle, glue back together. I never switch blades though, as with the proper setup, there is no need.


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#3 posted 05-11-2016 03:10 PM

Done a bunch of them. I typically cut in this order:
Outside Box Shape
Outside drawer
Drawer Front
Drawer Back
Drawer Bottom
Drawer Interior

Not saying this is the only way at all!

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 03:25 PM

Guess I’m the odd man out, as usual. I’ve been cutting the back off first before cutting the shape. After I ‘ve got the shape and drawer cut out I matched up the grain and glued on the back. At least that’s how I did it on the 41 Christmas tree band saw boxes I made. Seemed to work okay for me. An old Det. Lt. review a report and mentioned that I wrote it quite different than most other guys. He pointed that out and told me, “Different, don’t make it wrong”.

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#5 posted 05-11-2016 03:29 PM

Done a bunch of them. I typically cut in this order:

Not saying this is the only way at all!

- ratchet

Exactly. I’m just trying to figure out how most people do it. I’ve seen and read several different ways and just didn’t know if there was a specific purpose or reason for the order. Most that I’ve seen are the same except for when to cut the outside shape. Just wondering if leaving it square makes it easier to line up the back when gluing it back on.

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#6 posted 05-11-2016 11:22 PM

Think about it though, if you leave it square, you’re gluing back a hollow cube. You wouldn’t be able to cut the shape then, you’d be cutting into the hollow area. Unless I’m misunderstanding what you mean.

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#7 posted 05-12-2016 02:53 PM

With it square, resaw the back off. Then cut out the drawer. Then glue the back on and the kerf together. Then cut the outside shape of the box.

Just seeing what the opinions are whether it is easier to line things up to re-qlue before cutting the main shape.

I’m guessing that as long as you have a solid flat base to the box that it won’t really matter.

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