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08-06-2010 08:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question trick tip mahogany maple bandsaw shaping carving modern bandsaw box drawer

Hey everybody, I am wanting to do a bandsaw box but I want just the drawer to be a different kind of wood. Like a mahogany box with a maple drawer. The problem I am having is that the box and drawer is an irregular shape similar to this one zoombeerose did and I don’t know how to glue up my blocks to make just the drawer out of maple.

Can anyone explain how to go about doing the drawer in a different wood in potato head terms,haha. Pictures and videos would be great.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 08:29 PM

It’s really easy.
Glue the piece on your block that you want for the drawer front. Cut out the drawer blank. Then, cut away the rest of the added piece of wood from the body of the box. Finally cut away the same thickness as your added piece, from the back of the drawer blank. Discard that offcut. Then proceed to shape the box and make the drawer cavity as normal.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-06-2010 08:32 PM

Gene, nice simple solution. I was just scratching my head how to tell our friend how to do that and your suggestion is the perfect logical and simple solution. Thanks.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 10:19 PM

I would cut out two box blanks, cut out the one drawer from the darker wood, use that drawer as a pattern to cut out the drawer of the other blank, thereby saving it to use as a contrasting drawer for a lighter box. The final boxes would not have to be exactly identical in shape, just the drawers.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 10:41 PM

Man, why didn’t I think of that. Sometimes I tend to make things harder than they have to be. I really like the idea of two boxes. I did think about just cutting out the drawer and tracing onto another but I prolly wouldn’t have had the foresight to save it for another box. It would have prolly ended up in the scrap pile. Thanks fellas.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 10:59 PM

Since I have a riser I would use double stick tape to hold the two blanks together, then just trade drawers. One box Walnut with a maple drawer, on Maple with a Walnut drawer. If you decide you don’t like the contrast….switch the drawers back.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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