Band saw box

Band saw box

Band saw boxes are boxes made out of wood using only a band saw for cutting them out. The wood may be a solid block, a laminated block or a log from the woodpile. Whereas most boxes have straight sides and square corners, band saw boxes have virtually no restrictions as to shape. They can be oval, heart-shaped, lizard-shaped, or any shape the maker can think of. Other tools such as belt sanders and drum sanders can be used to shape and sand the box smooth.

There are a multiple techniques for constructing band saw boxes.

The Primary construction technique is to cut the main shape of the box. Then cut the drawer shape within the main shape. Once the drawer shape is cut the usual technique is to remove 1/8" to 1/4" of material from both the front and rear of the drawer shape to be used as a face. The remaining stock is then reduced or hollowed out to produce a drawer or cavity. All pieces being cut the front and rear drawer faces are glued back to the remaining hollowed drawer stock, thus producing the box with functional drawers which also appears to be a solid block of wood.

See also

* Woodworking
* Scroll saw
* Wood as a medium

Further reading

Tom Crabb's 1986 original band saw box book.
Lois Keener Ventura's 2000 book on drawered boxes.
Donna Menke's new book, 2006, The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book. For more information go to Donna's web site:
Tony Ward's Bandsawn Box Plans and Pocket Guide to Bandsaw Box Making. For more information go to Tony's web site:
Gerard Kelley has an article with pictures on how he makes band saw boxes. For more information go to Gerard's web site:

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