Making Bandsaw Boxes
A step by step tutorial on how to make a bandsaw box. Made from Mexican ebony, maple inlay and baltic birch. The drawer is lined with a soft black fiber flocking making it perfect for jewelry or valuable items. It could also be used on your desk to store earbuds and office supplies. The maple inlay was made on my CNC router (ShapeOko 2) and you can view a video on CNC inlay here. I really love making these bandsaw boxes as they can easily be made in a day or two with only a few power tools. Making these boxes is how I got started in woodworking and can be a great gateway to bigger woodworking projects. If you like this project you may want to check out my other bandsaw box video on making the Chicago bandsaw box!
Products & Tools Used
- Elmer's Spray Adhesive
- Titebond II Wood Glue
- F-Style Clamps
- Grizzly G0555X Bandsaw
- 3/16" 4 TPI Skip Tooth Bandsaw Blade
- 12" Disc Sander
- Rasp Set
- Boiled Linseed Oil
- Spray Lacquer
- Suede-Tex Mini Flocker
- Suede-Tex Adhesive
- Suede-Tex Flocking Fiber
Step 1: Bandsaw Box Glue-up
First thing we need to do is clamp up all our pieces that'll make up the bandsaw box. I'm using 3/4" baltic birch plywood for the core and Mexican Ebony for the outside. I try and use as many f-style clamps as I can to distribute pressure.
Step 2: Bandsaw Box Template
Now I'll take my bandsaw box template and attach it to my blank using Elmer's spray adhesive.
Step 3: Cut the Design
Then I'll cut the outside shape of the bandsaw box on my bandsaw using a 3/16", 4 TPI skip tooth blade.
Step 4: Cut off the Back
Once the outside the bandsaw box has been cut then it's time to cut off the back. I'm using a 1/2" Woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking.
Step 5: Cut the Drawer
Now I'll switch back to my 3/16" 4 TPI Skip tooth bandsaw blade and cut out the inside drawer.
Step 6: Close the Kerf
Here I'm using my bench vise to clamp the outer shell back up with some Titebond II glue.
Step 7: Bandsaw Box Drawers
Switching back to my 1/2" Woodslicer Resaw Blade I'll cut off the front and back of the drawers.
Step 8: Scoop Out the Drawer
I'll now switch back on final time to my 3/16" 4 TPI Skip Tooth blade to cut out the inside of my bandsaw box drawer.
Step 9: Glue up the Drawer
Step 10: Glue on the Back
And now it's time to glue the back on to the outer shell using the f-style clamps.
Step 11: Sanding
Here I'm sanding the outside of the drawer on the 12" disc sander.
Step 12: Sanding
Here I'm sanding the outside of the bandsaw box on the 12" disc sander.
Step 13: Round Over Edges
I choose to use a rasp to give a slight roundover to all the edges.
Step 14: Bandsaw Box Finishing
Step 15: Flocking
Step 16: Drawer Pull
And finally I'll drill a hole to insert my drawer pull.