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Forum topic by SuburbanDon posted 03-06-2012 03:25 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2012 03:25 AM

This question will show my ignorance but I’m still sort of new at this and have never attempted to make any kind of small box.

Do you box makers find it possible to get hardwood locally less than 3/4” thickness or do you re-saw thicker stock ?

My band saw is light duty and I really don’t want to plane that much wood away into the trash.

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 03:33 AM

Since most of my hard wood comes from lumber I’ve gotten from dead trees here on the property I just use the band saw to cut it the thickness I need plus enough to give me leeway in the planer.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 03:36 AM

I believe many boxmakers resaw the lumber. Not only is this less wasteful than planining the lumber down, it’s a technique which allows you to make a box which has grain that flows continuously around the box.

If your bandsaw is not up to resaw, you could try a couple of other methods:

1. Use a tablesaw (carefully). Take several passes, raising the blade each time. Be sure to use a tall fence extension. By ripping from both edges you can resaw a 6” wide board on a 10” tablesaw. For safety sake, leave a small bridge of wood holding the board together and use a handsaw to separate the pieces.

2. Man up and use a handsaw… It can be done (and has been done frequently in the past). You’ll get best results if the saw is filed for ripping and is “sharp”...

Good Luck!

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 03:39 AM

I am just getting started making boxes and I resaw the wood on my bandsaw and then hand plane to final dimension.

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 03:42 AM

Well maybe I’ll have to try resawing. My band saw is rather new and I haven’t tried resawing yet. That means I will really have to align the blade with the fence now. Thanks.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 04:57 AM

If you’re going to use your bandsaw to resaw, invest in a blade with either 2 or 3 tpi. It will cut much better in that application than a blade with more tpi…


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#6 posted 03-06-2012 05:06 AM

I recently saw a tip in which you make a pass on the TS to resaw an inch or two, then flip it to the other edge and repeat. Then take it to the BS and the relief cuts will allow you to resaw with much less stress on the board and the saw and it will give you a much cleaner cut. Wish I had that advice a few years back when I was doing a lot of resawing.

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 04:38 PM

I think that a thickness of about 1/2” is ideal for the average box. If your bandsaw is not too good you might be in for a disappointment unless it can be tuned up. There are lots of posts about BS tuning LJ if you search the subject. I’m glad you are trying box making, they are very manageable projects with their small size and you can perfect many different woodworking skills on them.

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 02:16 AM

I have used a lot oh hardwood flooring scraps for boxes. When you plane the grooves off the backside it is 5/8” thick.

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