Plan on running through a few nails/staples, so it's best to use your junk blades if possible. Look for any nails or other metal that may be an issue when cutting.
Decide what face should be the top, and mark it with a small x if necessary. My top had writing on it from it's previous life so marking was not necessary. Mark both sides with chalk or pencil from the top to bottom so they can be properly re-aligned later - this is very important, as the pieces have to match up exactly when putting it all back together. On smaller boxes, 1/8" is generally enough, but if the wood is a bit weathered with cracks or knots it's safer to make it thicker.
After the saw is set, run the block through to cut off the top and bottom.
I generally cut this step in 2 steps, cutting just over half the thickness then flipping the piece and slicing the other half.
You should end up with a block of wood that has two matching pieces for the top and bottom. Also, don't make the walls of the box too thin as this will compromise strength when installing hinges or sanding. Bandsaw boxes have a cut through the back into the middle, so slice a cut in from the back and start hogging out the material. Go slow to maintain a straight blade (cut).
Go especially easy on the back because the back cut can be delicate at this time. This is why the chalk was important, because with proper marking the pieces should be easy to match back up into a block again. Don't use too much glue to the point that there's excessive squeeze-out on the insid e, it's impossible to clean that up without a huge amount of hassle later on. Let the glue dry for at least a few hours, but overnight is better. Set up the tablesaw to slice the top back off, but also set it to cut about 1/8" of the side as well. This is the amount of wood the saw basically eats during a cut. Take the hinges and line them up on the back of the box, then outline them with a blade of pencil. When this is finished, paint or stain the pieces and then assemble. A few things that can be done to give it some final character are a small liner, and a jewelry box chain to keep the top from falling back.
I added a liner in by cutting a small piece of vinyl and gluing down with spray adhesive, and by skewing one of the hinges slightly the box stays up through friction. There are plenty of ways to expand on this basic bandsaw box, like adding layers of complimenting wood, small drawers, or even some metal accents. So go try out this project and let me know how you make it your own!
One question though, why glue the lid back on only to cut it off again?
Better yet, drill a large hole or even several holes. Use the crack to slide the blade into the hole. After you remove the waste a blade, glue the crack. Anyone who bothers to read can see that you intended a rustic look. If you write a how-to, you should not be a first time hobbiest. That's the puzzle or "combination" you use to get to the chamber or heart of the box. Then you cut out the guts of the box to create a chamber. Jeff calls these flaws "opportunities" to become creative.
I am a woodworker, but if you are just starting woodworking, this book will show you how to do it.
I used clamps etc to grasp some of the smaller puzzle box pieces but sometimes, in order to be able to freely make the various "flowing" saw cuts, the saw guard is raised and a fair bit of blade is exposed close to your hands. However, with planning and concentration, these boxes can be safely executed by an adult woodworker.
MG Rustic Wood Boxes
While geared towards an experienced hobbyist, a valuable manual for the beginner as well.
I look forward to getting into the shop and trying some of the techniques and projects. Rustic bandsaw box made from reclaimed logs. Can be used for holding jewelry or other treasures. Large box is approximately 12" long, smaller box is approximately 6" long. The rest of the box is glued together with gorilla glue also. Do the two openings each contain a wheel?
I really like this bandsaw box as even though it has a "rustic" look, it's still quite sophisticated due to the interest of the wood and the shapes you used for the drawers. Bandsaw is the next tool on my purchase list.
I was cutting the smaller curves for the drawer the bandsaw blade snapped and it forced me to install a 1/4″ blade as a replacement.
I had some thin walnut left over from making splines on a picture frame. When cutting the 3rd corner of the drawer the blade snapped. Once you cut the pieces apart you can either plane or sand them smooth. Them you can apply glue and clamp the drawer pieces together. Back to the sander to smooth out the joints.
I could sand down the drawer for a nice tight fit.
I would want to take on without a power sander. Two light coats of lacquer, left to dry for 15-20 minutes, then a light sanding with 320 grit or above.
I just picked up a small drawer knob from my local hardware store and drilled a hole in the center for the screw.
With such a small box, getting a screwdriver in there to tighten it would have been difficult.
I have been curious about the other ones and appreciate good comprehensive reviews on the fine points of these various models. Suitable for beginners and children ages 10 and up welcome with an adult present. Turn a branch segment into a rustic box using the bandsaw!
Children ages 10 and up 1welcome with an adult present. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, materials, dimensions, and color may vary slightly. Making a bandsaw box is a great starter project for learning how to expand your talents in the shop. Just a few steps transforms a block into a great desktop or nightstand box. Wood block storage boxes—also called bandsaw boxes—are good practice projects, and the results make wonderful handmade gifts. They’re also a great way to use up those leftover pieces of wood from previous projects that are cluttering your workshop. Beyond a bandsaw, you’ll also need a block of wood and some basic tools to get started, so you’ll definitely want to check the materials list to make sure you have everything you need on hand before you begin.
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You can really get a feel for how different the density of the wood is as you go from the outer edge of the tree, at the top of the box, to the dark dense heartwood at the bottom. This piece stands 8“ tall at the back and just under 7“ tall at the front.
It is 4 7/8 “ wide and just over 5“ deep. Be sure to leave enough room to sand to your line. Keep in mind the smallest radius you can cut is determined by the size of your bandsaw blade. Mine are around 1/4" but that's your decision. This will make sure the glue up goes smoother. This is when you will be glad you marked your components. My project should be easy compared with your band-saw box. My concerns relate to tight curves relate to the blade used. As far as turning if you always keep a forward motion while making your turn your blade should not have to twist or break. How do you cut such tight curves with this blade?
Inner curves of the middle piece are often very tight. Same for some inner curves of the piece on the right.
I am trying to fabricate a three-dimensional puzzle, better described three paras.
My bandsaw's blade measured 1/4"-inch from tooth tips to its straight back edge.
I am trying to make a three-dimensional puzzle. Before any sawing, smaller pieces of basswood must be laminated into a 9" x 9" x 16" wooden rectangular solid, because one solid piece of basswood that big would cost too much. The nine lengths will fit together again as a 9" x 9" x 16" rectangular solid if the four complementary curved surfaces are matched. Each of the four corner lengths will have two wavy surfaces. Each of the four middle-outside lengths will have three wavy surfaces. The one middle piece will have four wavy surfaces. Yet my chief worries are that heat should build up quicker in such a narrow blade, it should scorch a lot, will twist more easily, and can more easily snap. Then divide each of the two, seeable long ends with two long lines. These will divide the one seeable butt-end into nine equal parts. The picture will then represent a long rectangular solid divided into nine, equal, straight lengths.
I know of puzzles like the one described, but not how anyone fabricated them without setting a fire or snapping a blade.
I must find a bandsaw to thru material 9"-thick. And once you start, these little pieces are very addictive.
You do need to have a basic woodworking background to complete any of the projects on my website.
I now have a website with over 125 plans available, drop by sometime for ideas. The overall rough blank size was 3 x 6 x 11.
You can download the complete pdf of the project on the first page. Its actually two cedar tree trunks that grew together.
I pulled them apart and made two tower jewelery boxes.