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Forum topic by davidm85 posted 08-11-2010 08:23 PM 3219 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2010 08:23 PM

ok i want to make a bandsaw box but i dont have one noir can i afford one right now. i do have a jig saw can i use this to make the box with. the reason iam asking is i would like to make one for my wifes birthday coming up. any info would be great thanks david.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 08:52 PM

I would think you could use a jigsaw to make a bandsaw box. I think it will limit you though on how deep the box can be and the point of entry to cut the drawer out will be a little larger, thus making it harder to conceal. But I think it can be done.

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

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 09:36 PM

In theory, it may be possible. In practice, I’d rather take a whipping with a 4×4 than actually try it. Too much vibration… too hard to control the saw…. too deep a cut to have to make….

I dunno, maybe someone will say they’ve done it with good results and prove me wrong. There is a first time for everything. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 10:34 PM

I think you would have a heck of a time with it. Jigsaw blades tend to be thick, not allowing you to turn the corners bandsaw boxes are “known” for as well as making too much clearance between pieces. Good luck.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 10:38 PM

yikes, that doesn’t sound fun!

have you checked out craigslist for a cheap used band saw? I got mine for $25! for this type of thing, pretty much any band saw will be better than a jigsaw.

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 10:55 PM

Is there a LJ in your neck of the woods that would let you borrow their bandsaw for this project? Or maybe a local school shop? I agree that a jigsaw would be quite challenging for this project.

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 11:11 PM

Another thought would be to use a tablesaw and router… or for that matter just a router. Create a couple of patterns on 1/4 in plywood (so you can use them again, or hardiboard), then use a pattern bit to match the pattern. I agree with most of the others, it’s possible, but I wouldn’t want to try it. Too many vibrations… and not the type the Beach Boys sing about.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 12:41 AM

If you have got the patience, you might be able to make a respectable band saw box with a coping saw. I think the real challenge would be keeping the coping saw square to the wood. I can envision a jig that would help you keep the saw square. Make sure you have a very sharp blade and be prepared to replace the blade one or more times while doing the cutting.

Pick a softer wood and the work would go easier. I’d suggest poplar or aspen.

It will still be a challenge, but your chances of getting something respectable are much better with a coping saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 02:15 AM

I’m with Rich on using a coping saw before I’d try it with a jig saw.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 04:29 AM

David, Welcome to LJ’s. I’m sure you’ve already figured out from the advice so far that trying to do a bandsaw box with a jig saw probably wouldn’t work.
I’m with AaronK and Tomoose, maybe you could find a cheap used bandsaw on Craig’s list or see if there is a fellow LJer in the area that might let you use their bandsaw to make a box. You’re more then welcome to use mine, but I think Myrtle Beach, SC might be a little far. LOL.
Bandsaw boxes are a lot of fun to make and they make great gifts, so be prepared. Once you do one, you’ll want that bandsaw so you can do another….........the only limitation to making a band saw box is your imagination…...and the size of your band saw!. Good Luck.

-- John @

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 04:40 AM

Try the local park district or local high school. Our park district has a woodshop that can be used 3 mornings per week. I use it when I need a tool I don’t have.


-- Mike, Illinois,

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