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Feed the block slowly into this small blade. Forcing it will only give you a rough cut and possibly cause the blade to bow to one side.

Feed the block slowly into this small blade. Forcing it will only give you a rough cut and possibly cause the blade to bow to one side.

There comes a time to give your ruler a rest so you can give your woodworking whimsy a chance to tickle your imagination. How do you know when that time is? When your curiosity is captured by your first glimpse of a band-sawn box sculpture, of course! Whether flowing or comical, elegant or a mere blob, a well-executed band-sawn box requires no mind-numbing calculations and is an eye-catching, functional project that anyone can display with appreciation.

Although I design them principally to hold jewelry, these boxes find their diverse places among stone, gem and coin collectors as well as functional art appreciators. My dad has a walnut wave box, drawers gushing with gift golf tees; I haven’t lost my car keys once since making a habit of putting them in the snake-shaped box by the phone. At one arts festival, a Saudi Arabian oil princess bought several of my pricey designs to use as gift boxes for some rather expensive jewels, while students visiting from various European, Asian and South American countries purchased them as gifts for their art teachers back home.

Smooth pattern cuts are accomplished by keeping the blade guide close to your work. Feed slowly to prevent straying from the lines.

Smooth pattern cuts are accomplished by keeping the blade guide close to your work.


 

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When you trim the doors to size, make sure you support the door adequately and start with the top and bottom edges. That way any tear-out on the end grain will be removed when you run the long-grain edges over the jointer.