|Quick and easy to build -- with a one-of-a-kind flair that makes them sell fast, too|
Bandsaw boxes are novel in their design, deceptively simple to build and make perfect jewelry, trinket or keepsake boxes. And the best part of all is that you don't need a bunch of fancy joinery tools to build them. Just a Bandsaw.
Their cleverness lies in the guaranteed snug fit of the drawers in the box. This is possible because the drawers are actually cut from the box carcase...so, naturally, they'll fit right back into the space they came from. Plus, you won't have to worry about miss-sizing any complex joinery, since the only gap between the drawer and its surrounding box will be the width of the kerf the bandsaw blade takes as it cuts out the drawers.
Just as the Bandsaw can cut practically any irregular shape, so can Bandsaw boxes be made in any shape. Drawers can be traditional rectangles...or circles, ovals or virtually any shape that suits your fancy.
A box can contain one drawer or several. In fact, you could almost go so far as to say that no two Bandsaw boxes are ever alike, since they are typically made out of small pieces of scrap wood in any shape. That's how the boxes pictured here were made. The small box is made from laminated cherry and the large box is laminated alder. There's only one limitation. Box sizes are restricted to the 6" capacity of the Bandsaw...and that's about it.
Although any Bandsaw blade may be used, you will obtain tighter fits between the drawers and the carcase by using smaller blades. The boxes shown here were cut with a 1/4" blade. Smooth cuts mean less sanding, which also contributes to tighter fits with the drawers.
The instructions and photos here describe the step-by-step procedure for cutting a two-drawer box. Build yours out of whatever size of solid wood or laminated pieces you can lay your hands on and enjoy designing your own one-of-a-kind creation.
Cutting the sides