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Warning Bandsaw Box making can be addictive.
  
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owever 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 
 
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Step 1: Design Your Creation

Design your creation. You are only limited by your imagination. Or search the web for ideas. The following box is a facsimile of a picture I found created by " Lois Keener Ventura" 

Lois Keener Ventura wrote a book on making bandsaw boxes.

This design I drew up in Sketchup (free version)

Step 2: Prepare your blank

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Glue up a block to fit you design – unless you keep 12/4 material around!
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

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This is not a required step, I just like to have the block squared up and clean on all sides before I head to the bandsaw.

Step 4:

Roughly cut out your template and attach it to the blank with spray adhesive. Be sure to leave enough room to sand to your line.

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

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It easier to sand all of the curves now before you proceed. That way the back will be identical to the main body.

NOTE: I usually make my boxes around 3" thick so they will fit on my spindle sander!

Step 6: Slice off the back

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Now slice off the back of your box. Mine are around 1/4" but that's your decision.
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Jack Moran2 months ago

Yes! a good project for Gramps and I this holidays. Thanks

Wood Chuck (author)  Jack Moran8 days ago

Have fun. Anyone you make one for will be appreciative

Wood Chuck (author)  Jack Moran2 months ago

Have fun!. I'll bet you make more than one :)

kiosko1 year ago
Actually is more than just that questions
Why was that particular type of wood used?

7. How big is it? What are the dimensions?

Thank you
Wood Chuck (author)  kiosko1 year ago
Kiosko
The original blank was made with an 8/4 walnut core and a piece of lace would laminated (glued on the front and back. The overall rough blank size was 3 x 6 x 11.
Good luck with your project. You can download the complete pdf of the project on the first page. I believe. The nice thing about band saw boxes is that nothing is wrong if its not the same than its just a design change :) Checkout my project videos on my website 3dwoodworkingplans dot com.
Bruce
kiosko1 year ago
Hi, im doing a bandsaw box at school, i need to do some research on bandsaw boxes first,and i chose yours, i would like to know what type of wood this bandsaw box was made of.

Thank you
triumphman2 years ago
Here is a picture of one of my prototype bandsaw boxes. Its actually two cedar tree trunks that grew together. I pulled them apart and made two tower jewelery boxes. Thanks for your 'ible. As ever Triumphman.
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holy snap that's cool!
dirkbo73 years ago
I was wondering what type of bandsaw you use? I have finally received permission to get one from the boss and have been doing my research. Any input would be great.
Wood Chuck (author)  dirkbo73 years ago
I use a 14" Delta model # 28-206. When I was researching bandsaws I liked the blade support system both above and below the table. I have been pleased with the peformance of the Delta. Hope that helps. Bruce
I like those blade guides so much I made my own. My sears 14" did not come with these. Just pin type guides which constantly need adjusting. Now I am happy! Love being able to make my own stuff! Thanks. See my bandsaw boxes on the bandsaw box web site. Triumphman.
wilwrk4tls2 years ago
I will have to put my bandsaw to the test- very nice step-by-step.
This is the step that sets the limit for a box size... a full size band saw can typically handle 6-7" while a benchtop band saw is limited to about 3" or so... the same design style can be made, but smaller saws require scaling the pattern down.
And... don't forget the largest design for a bandsaw box is limited by the bandsaw that one is working with... benchtop bandsaws won't be able to handle the 6" width dimension.
intdes3 years ago
terbo33 years ago
Nice looking box that you made there! Band saw boxes always make me think of Alice in Wonderland... You've inspired me to give one a try; I've always been a little wary of my bandsaw abilities, so I tend to stick to mitered jewelry boxes and the table saw.

BTW, if you're looking for nice, figured woods for smaller projects like this, you should check out Horizon Wood Product's online specialty shop. It's got a pretty slick setup with zoomable photos and whatnot!.


http://www.horizonevolutions.com/eshop/
ebergh3 years ago
Nice use of photos... clearly shows the steps! Bandsaw boxes are an easy project and a good way to use up shorts by laminating them up to make the box blanks.

My students usually finished of the interiors of the drawers by brushing them with a coat of enamel paint and then blowing in a puff of rayon flock of a matching color. It gives them the look of being lined in felt and hides any minor sanding faults.

Very creative shapes in your examples!
Wood Chuck (author)  ebergh3 years ago
Thanks ebergh, those boxes were my first three I made. I have since started flocking the insides, even the inside of the opening which takes up a lot of the bandsaw cut lines and the drawers slide very nicely.
speedyspy23 years ago
Nice instructible. i saw on of these in a store that sold homemade wood projects and made onee myself in carpentry class. mine was half of a tree stump (semicircle flat side down curved side made of bark) and gave it to my grandma for mothersday. i plan on making one like yours soon
Wood Chuck (author)  speedyspy23 years ago
Thanks for the comments - have fun
Nice job. I think it should be mentioned that this size box cannot be made on a benchtop sized band saw... those typically have a max. height capacity in the neighborhood of 3 1/2". This project was cut using a full sized band saw whose capacity is likely closer to 7". The step where the back is cut off is the limiting step... if the box on its side is taller than your saw's max. height capacity, then you can't cut off the back. Benchtop band saws can certainly make boxes with this method, but the design has to take that dimension into account... same with scroll saws, whose max. height capacity is typically around 2", give or take a little depending on the model.
Wood Chuck (author)  sawtooth19533 years ago
Thanks for you input sawtooth1953, it's amazing what you have to consider when writing one of these instructables. Cheers
While sawtooth is correct I think it prudent to say that you don't NEED to use a band saw to cut off the back. Other tools may be used. However a full size band saw would probably make the BEST cut.
Wood Chuck (author)  zippydaspinhead3 years ago
Actually all you really need for capacity for this particular box is about 3", you just lay it down to cut the back off
corsi4 years ago
i was about to say.... these pictures look really familiar. but then i saw that it was in fact Bruce aka. wood chuck. my favorite youtube channel did a piece on you and you bandsaw boxes. thanx
Wood Chuck (author)  corsi4 years ago
Corsi; Where might that be? You must be refering to the Woodworking for mere mortals site. Steve was the one that suggested entering this instructable.
It was infact the very one. Have watched all of his videos. I have made several bandsaw boxes with the help of this instructable.
wow, thanks so much Wood Chuck. I'm going to give this a try, the instructable is great!
Wood Chuck (author)  moonshinebluebird3 years ago
Your welcome - have fun
quadracer4 years ago
Very nice work! Im going to have to try this as my next wood working project, Thank you. Now only if I had one of those sanders. And the saying goes, you can NEVER have too many clamps.
littlepetry4 years ago
Very nice. Inspiring. When ever I try to make sharp turns on my bandsaw like you're doing, my blade breaks. What am I doing wrong? Any turns that I make on my band saw has to be very slight. Any Ideas?
Wood Chuck (author)  littlepetry4 years ago
You shouldn't be breaking blades, unless you are trying to make turns that are too sharp for the size of your blade or your saw needs a basic setup. I've included a link to Marc Spagnolos site (aka The Wood Whisperer) He goes over a basic tune-up, in particular blade tension. I hope this helps you out. Bruce http://thewoodwhisperer.com/bandsaw-setup-tuneup/
Thanks!
I wonder how well this would work on a scroll saw? wish I had a band saw. nice work.
Wood Chuck (author)  boognishmofo4 years ago
boognishmofo: there is no reason why a scroll saw wouldn't work. I know my scroll saw is very small and the stroke distance is too short - unless your going to make very small boxes. WC
All three of your boxes are beautiful!
Isamuk4 years ago
Absolutly amazing you have changed the game for woodworkers
Wood Chuck (author)  Isamuk4 years ago
Thanks Igor
canida4 years ago
Beautiful work!
Wood Chuck (author) 4 years ago
Thanks everyone for the encouargement and kind words. They really are fun to make.
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