A Bandsaw Box


Bandsaw boxes are a good exercise in woodwork. They are fun and easy to make too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image shows the starting block of wood. The size of the block was approximately 140mm x 100mm x 100mm, but any size would do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First a strip of wood was cut from one face, this would eventually form the base of the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lid was cut from the opposite face.

In this example a curved lid was made by first cutting a random curve and then making a second cut parallel to this first cut, to give a lid of constant thickness.

If preferred a lid with varied thickness would be just as easy to make.

 

 

 

The shape of the box was marked out. This could be a regular shape or a random shape as shown here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of the box was cut out next.

The initial cut from the outside of the box was made along the grain so that once glued this cut would be invisible. Once the cut was finished the blade was stopped and carefully unthreaded back round the cut to release the parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A slice was taken from the top of the inside part. This would be used as a location feature for the lid.

As with the lid a constant or variable thickness could be used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lid piece was placed on top of the box and the location of the inside rim was marked from the underside.

 

 

 

 

Then the locating piece was glued in place in the marked location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cut in the outer part was glued together and once this was dry the base part was glued on too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the glue was dry the outer profile was cut on the bandsaw.

Then the lid was held in place and the profile was followed again to cut a matching lid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sanding disc was used to sand the box and the lid together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish a commercial handle was fitted and the whole box was finished in oil.

 

 

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