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Forum topic by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 11-11-2011 11:59 PM 2091 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2011 11:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw boxes

I have never made a bandsaw box before. I see all these boxes and it has got me intrigued to do one myself. First off what would be a good blade to use for the tight turns and still leave a realitively nice cut without much sanding. Then after the cut how do you hide the entry point, or do you? I take it that the back is after it is all cut to hold things in place then sanded smooth with the rest of the box. However, there is one other thing I am not sure of is the hollowing out of the drawers. What do you do to get it nice and clean with a divider if it is a longer drawer???


-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 12:27 AM

Check out this video to get you started:

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 05:07 PM

Not sure of what size machine you’re using but do use the thinnest kerf available, for most small work a 1/4” x 6T is best. Clean and sharp is a must with stone ground and polished back edges. If your entry point is with the grain you can usually glue and clamp it closed unless you wish to feature it. Cross grain entry cuts can be done this way too but will require some preparation. I put PSA sandpaper on both sides of a wide putty knife and pull it through the cut edges while applying light side pressure. Try talking To FloridaArt here, he’s an old hand at this.

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 06:02 PM


I wrote a blog series about my first bandsaw box, attempting to provide solid details for each step, along with a few tips and tricks along the way, such as your entry cut following the grain, as gene mentioned above.

From making that one bandsaw box, as well as reading about countless others, it seems that a lot sanding is an unfortunate necessity with most bandsaw boxes.

Regarding your “longer drawer divider” question, it really depends on the drawer. Without seeing what you have in-mind, I would think you’d hollow out the drawer, then rip it in half (or at whatever point you want the divider). If you rip it in half on the bandsaw, you’ll likely have some sanding to do to make the edges flat. You could also rip in in half on the table saw to give you a nice clean kerf. Ripping it on the table saw would require the box to be flat along the top or bottom edge. If the box isn’t flat along either the top or bottom, you’d need to build some sort of jig to hold it in-place and stable so that you could safely pass it through the table saw.

At any rate, once the box is cut in-half, you can then add your divider and glue the drawer back together, with the divider between the two halves.

I know that was a bit of a convoluted answer, so I’m not sure if that helps or not?

How are you wanting to orient the divider?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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