Step 4: Slicing and Dicing the Box

Once the core is removed you need to make three marks on it. You will need to mark 2 slab cuts from the curved front of the core and one slab cut from the rear of the core. The outermost slab taken from the rounded front of the core will later become both the drawer pull and the frame surrounding the drawer pull. The second slab taken from the front of the core will become the wall of the storage space you will create later. The rear slab will become the back of the storage area.

Cut the two front slabs off the core and set them aside. DO NOT cut the rear slab at this time.
<p>hi there</p><p>I've made over a 100 bandsaw boxes, but I can't seem to figure out the &quot;frame&quot; part of this log, is it just esthestics, or function? </p><p>I've read the instructions but I'm just not getting it help :)</p>
Where do you DL the sketch/diagram/drawings/cut out, of the projects? Me so confused//// M_richardsson@cox.net
Great piece of work. Just ordered the 6&quot; riser for my bandsaw. Is there one particular blade Mfg that you prefer.
I hope you enjoy your riser block! It certainly extends the capability of your bandsaw. <br> <br>As far as blades go, I've experimented with about a dozen different Manufacturers and have yet to pick a favorite. I do recommend a low tooth count like between 3 and 5. Make sure the teeth are hooked to help clean out the long kerf you are likely to encounter. Regular triangular teeth seem to build up more sawdust in the cut and jam - especially if you are making a 12&quot; deep cut! <br> <br>Try Timber Wolf or some other quality blade for longer life. I have also gotten decent performance out of generic no-name blades, but they don't last as long as the better quality ones do. <br> <br>Good luck! Thanks for asking!
Fantastic box and instructable. Thank you!
Thank you for you kind comments. If you ever attempt to do your own version, please post photos of your results!
Don't you love the smell of the Cedar ? I do! It fills my basement woodshop with a great smell too. The trees that die on my property are re-born as wonderful gifts. I am thankful for them! I just found six tall ones that died years ago. I cut them down, trimmed the branches, and built a Teepee frame. 18 feet high and forty feet around. I'm still searching for a suitable &amp; affordable cover for it. Its on my wishlist! Nice work, be safe, seek Peace &amp; Joy. Triumphman.
Nice job. I have an 'ible on a similar three drawer jewelery box made of red cedar. Check it out. Cedar is great wood to work with, smells nice too and is a natural moth repellent. I even made some tiny boxes with hidden hinged lids. See picture attached. These little boxes are challenging, but make great gifts. A pair of earrings fits inside, barely. Keep that bandsaw blade hummin' !
Those are wonderful! I always enjoy seeing the creativity and craftsmanship of others. Thanks for sharing - Keep up the good work!
Wow Chuck, I always knew you were an artist and master woodworker, but you are also an excellent instructor! Thanks for the lucid, simple, logical step by step instructions to make a complicated process seem doable to the average wood butcher such as I. The boxes are beautiful, but I expected nothing less from you!
Thanks Jim! I wish I had some of your skill as a &quot;wood butcher&quot;. Thank you for the compliment. I've got several other projects in mind for Instructables. I just need to clear some more time to get back out into the shop. If you're ever out in my area you ought to stop by. <br> <br>Chuck
Speaking of dull tools, you might consider doing an instructional on sharpening! I never knew anyone who does it better!
Jim, if you come visit you are more than welcome to bring every edged article you want sharpened with you! The same rules as the last time apply, however - if you cut yourself it is your own fault! :-) Yes, I'm about ready for a day of sharpening. I'll see if I can work it into a suitable Instructable. <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Chuck
Chuck, you know I live in the land of &quot;Someday Isle!&quot; You know that story. Someday I'll get by there...Maybe, one day, I hope. Say, if I do can I bring my knives and chisels? They are getting pretty dull... ;-)
Excellent, excellent job. I have always been drawn to such beautiful things that help to give our precious trees &quot;life&quot; for many, many years to come. Thank you for what is obviously a labor of love. Very well explained, documented... great pictorials. I very much look forward to &quot;bringing my first piece to life&quot;... thank you again.
Thank you very much. Yes, working with wood is a labor of love as well as how I currently make my living. I would be more than eager to see your own efforts. Post a photo when you get a chance. <br> <br>Chuck
I'll do that. Thanks again for sharing your art!
neat! I wish I had a bandsaw! what sort of glue did you use?
I use regular woodworking glue. Right now I have Gorilla woodworking glue in the shop, so that is what I use. This is NOT the polyurethane glue that foams up, this is more like Elmer's White glue - just a little more resiliant. <br> <br>Thanks for looking at my Instructable.
Beautiful job!<br>Do you leave any of the cedar open?
Hello - Thank you for the compliment. Yes, I sometimes leave the tray and the drawer unfinished to allow the cedar oils to escape naturally. On these boxes I did not because the customer wanted all of it finished with Danish Oil. <br> <br>Another reason to finish the entire piece when it is made from a log is to slow or halt the drying process. The wood will crack and split as it dries unless it has been totally sealed. <br> <br>Thanks again!
Beautiful. I love the grain pattern on the star, I'm assuming that you pieced it together
Actually the star is a single, solid piece. It was cut from the center section of the frame. The same thing with the horse head. I DID carve the angles on the star in order to give it a little more dimension - just as I did with the horse head. I also try to put the drawer pulls back in the same location as they were on the solid log, although you can rarely tell it unless there is a knot involved. <br> <br>Thanks for looking at my Instructable.
Beautiful work, and I love the color!
Thank you. I wish I could claim credit, but Mother Nature is a much better artist than am I.

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