However they are easy to create and make great gifts for storing little trinkets. Have Fun!
I want to thank Steve Ramsey at WoodworkingForMereMortals.com for his tutorial video that got me started in the box making world
Step 1: Design Your Creation
Lois Keener Ventura wrote a book on making bandsaw boxes.
This design I drew up in Sketchup (free version)
Step 2: Prepare Your Blank
On this particular box I used a piece of 8/4 Walnut for the core and 2 pieces of Lace Wood for the front and back. The total block measured 3 x 6 x 11
Step 3: Blank Clean-Up
At this point you are only cutting the outside of your design.
Keep in mind the smallest radius you can cut is determined by the size of your bandsaw blade. I used a 3/16 or 1/4" blade for the boxes I've made so far.
NOTE: if you fail to follow your line don't worry, just consider it a design change :)
Step 5: Sand Your Creation
NOTE: I usually make my boxes around 3" thick so they will fit on my spindle sander!
Step 6: Slice Off the Back
Step 7: Cut Your Drawers
Or if you come to a sharp point, stop your saw and back out of the cut
This box is a little different. there will be 2 entrance points. 1 will left open with the drawer exposed and the other will be closed. (see next photo)
Step 8: Cutting the Drawer Openings
Step 9: Closing the Gap
Depending on your design it is sometimes quite a challenge to place clamps.
Step 10: Sand Main Body
Step 11: Sand Your Drawers
Step 12: Preparing Your Drawers
NOTE: You might want to mark your pieces in some way so you don't get the parts reversed. This will make sure the glue up goes smoother.
Step 13: Design Your Drawer Compartment
Don't make the corners to sharp, You still want to sand the inside.
Step 14: Cut the Drawer
Follow your pattern (roughly) and remove the drawer cavities
Step 15: Sand Drawer Curves
Step 16: Re-Assemble Your Drawers
This is when you will be glad you marked your components.
Step 17: Attach the Rear Panel
There will likely be a small amount of sanding along your glue line when it dries and near the entrance cut.
Step 18: Make Your Drawer Pulls
These are very small pieces - use extreme caution if you use a bandsaw to cut these out.
I chose ebony pulls for this box just to accent the Lace Wood
Step 19: Attach Your Handles
Step 20: Apply Your Finish
I hope you give these boxes a try, they are great fun to make and will make wonderful handcrafted gifts
Depending on the complexity of your design the whole project will only take 4 -5 hours. (Not counting waiting on glue to dry)