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06-01-2010 08:00 PM

I am NEW to woodworking and bought Craftsman 10” bandsaw. I have been pleased with it, and I do not have alot of room. I was reading about bandsaw boxes on this site, and it looked like it would be something that would be fun to try. My question is, will the 10” saw I own be ok for this project, and how large a box could I build with this saw? Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 06-01-2010 08:06 PM

Hi Dale
Welcome to Ljs
The size box you can make to some extent will have to do with how well you set up you band saw and how dense of wood you use. I don’t know if you have seen this or not but Steve did a video on Band saw boxes.

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 09:13 PM

I recently purchased a 14” bandsaw and have used it for the boxes I’ve made. But I also have the same Craftsman bandsaw. The limitation to the size of box you can make is height of the re-saw capability of the saw. The re-saw height sets the depth of the box. (height and width of the box may be limited to the 10” throat of your saw) I’ve found the Craftsman bandsaw with a good blade will re-saw Cherry up to 5” wide but you will have to go slow. The 1/3 HP motor will bog down under the load. From that I would say you should be able to cut up to 5 inch deep box… just be patient. They really are a lot of fun to make… go a head and give it a try.

I agree with Jim, check out Steve’s video if you haven’t already. It’s a nice tutorial on the basics of bandsaw box making.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 10:48 PM


Thanks for the info. I went to your gallery, and you have made some great looking things. All in all have you been happy with the Craftsman 10” saw? I thought it looked like a good place to start. I ordered two new blades for it but they have not arrived yet. I saw the video by Steve, and could not believe that a box like that could be made on the band saw. Great stuff.


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#4 posted 06-01-2010 11:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Dale. I started out making bandsaw boxes, when I got my bandsaw. They are fun to make. You can just let your imagination run with them. There a lot of books out there on making them with a lot of patterens also. The video from steve is cool. I always get a kick out of his videos. There is one that I posted on my projects page called Walnut rock box check it out.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 11:58 PM

All in all I’ve been happy with the Craftsman saw and for the money I think it’s the best in it’s category. I used the 10” Craftsman to make the tables you see in my projects. And I agree with Jim, set up really drives bandsaw performance. The Craftsman saw can be tuned to give you really good performance and with a good blade you can expect it to work well. The only problem I’ve had with it, if you want to call it a problem, was the blade drift. But after replacing the stock blade it’s drift greatly improved. As I said in your other post, throw the stock blade away.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 11:58 PM

It really depends on the box. Steve did a video on it and theres also some of what I would consider master bandsaw box makers on this site so you should be just fine.

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 02:54 AM

Dale, I’ve always said the only limitations to bandsaw boxes is your imagination and the size of your saw. You may be limited a little by your saw, but don’t let that slow you down. Some of my best boxes have been my small ones. Let your imagination run wild and you will be surprised with what you will be able to create with your Craftsmans 10”. Make sure you have a good blade and your saw is tuned. Good luck and will look forward to seeing some of your projects.

-- John @

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 03:28 AM

Thanks for the answers and ´╗┐encouragement. One other question. I will be using a 1/4” blade. How many tpi would you ´╗┐recommend? I have a new 6 tpi comming in the mail and I was hoping that would work. How thick a piece of wood will that blade handle? Thanks again


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#9 posted 06-02-2010 02:37 PM

Dale, your new 1/4 inch blade will work fine. I have a 1/8 inch blade but haven’t used it on the Craftsman saw, haven’t even taken it out of the package yet. I have the 1/4 inch 6tpi blade on my Craftsman bandsaw it does a nice job. Just watch your curves in the drawer. If you make them to tight the blade will not be able to follow the line (as Steve ran into in his video). But as Steve shows, you just make a new line, as long as you don’t get too close to the outside of the box. Bandsaw boxes are very forgiving when it come to mistakes like that. I recommend practicing on scrap to get a feel on how tight of a curve you can cut. You want the drawer to be one smooth continuous cut. The smoothness/continuousness of the drawer cut is more important than the shape. If your outer box shape has tight curves you will be okay since you can cut smaller pieces out so that the blade will fit the curve. The blade width limits how tight of a curve you can cut. The higher the tpi the smoother the cut but slows the feed rate. The gap between the teeth fill with saw dust and empties out after the blade passes through the wood.

I guess what I’m really saying is you will be able to make some beautiful bandsaw boxes with your setup, just understand some of the saw limitations and work around them. Like John said, you are only limited by your imagination.

another tip: Sand the drawer and the inside of the box as little as possible for a tighter drawer fit.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 03:40 PM

Hi Dale – I like you – have a 10” bandsaw and have been looking at making bandsaw boxes. My saw will cut a max height of just over 4 3/4” and and racked my brain thinking I would be limited to only boxes of this height. Now I’m thinking I can make taller – wider boxes if instead of trying to re-saw the back I just cut it out of a separate peice by tracing the main box shape onto a board and gluing it up. Now my only limit will be the depth – haven’t figured a good way around that one yet.

-- John

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