Twister


This undulating band saw box is simple to make, and it makes a great gift.
By David Thiel, Jim Stack & Lois Keener Ventura
Pages: 58-61

From the April 2009 issue #175
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Yes, you could say building this box is like dancing. Your partner is that beautiful wood you’ve just found or have been secretly saving for the past decade, and the music is the sound your tools make.

This band-sawn box design is an intermediate project due to the number of drawers and amount and type of carving involved. The carving and shaping can be done quickly with coarse-through-fine sandpaper on a belt sander, oscillating spindle sander and with sanding drums on a portable drill, then refined with a finishing sander and hand sanding. Some of the carving – mainly at the saw kerfs – must be done with straight chisels and lots of coarse-through-fine sandpaper wrapped around dowels, flexible rubber sanding accessories if you have them, and, of course fingers. (You definitely need these, so take special care around a running band saw blade!)

When selecting wood, look for grain patterns that are exceptional. Burls, curls, spalting, unusual colors and yes, even cracks, splits, worm or bug holes and checks can be used to create a box that will truly be one of a kind.

When you cut a board into shorter lengths, inspect the end grain and match them to each other when gluing up a blank for your box, such as bookmatching. This can make your box sing a tune that no one has ever heard.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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