Irborne

Setting a small thought free givx* it the chance to become Airborne. Believe it or not, a turkey vulture was the model for this box. Although its a rather homely scavenger on the ground, in flight it has a magnificent wingsprcad and soars on mountain thermals with grace equal to that of the raptors. I knew the fingered wingtips in the wood would involve a little more sanding but felt the design would be worth it. To simplify the sanding, 1 tailored it to accommodate the 1 sanding drums. The...

Getting a Good Start

Some projects overwhelm us with jigs and bits and blades that we know we'll probably use only once. So we abandon that project in disappointment before it ever gets started and move on to something else. Not so with band saw box art You can create beautiful band saw boxes with a minimum of tools for a maximum of pleasure. Better vet, its easy to get a good start. Hollowing is a list of required tools and accessories. Optional tools and accessories are listed also, because, while not absolutely...

Optional Tools and Accessories

If you want to have complete control over board thickness, and if you want the economical benefits of buying rough-sawn stock, then this is the way to go. You'll need a 6-wide jointer for these patterns. A serious woodworker may want to consider investing in one of these. It is an invaluable time-saver lor most projects. For the amount of laminacing I do, I couldn't do without it. I use 80-grit paper most of the time, but 120 will provide a really fine laminacing surface. A X' roundover bit in...

The Box Body

With one end of your box resting on the table, begin by smoothing out the bottom. Then, lay the box on its back and smooth out all the rough band saw lines and shape the curves using the pencil lines as a guide (Photo 4-2). You may need to flip the box onto its front if your sander has a disc that gets in the way. If so, just check your pattern lines from time to time. 'Hie concave curves can be shaped by working the box against the direction ol the belt, over the top cylinder (Photo 4-3). Keep...

Preparing Your Band

Youll find that a few extra minutes of fidgeting with your band saw will mean the difference between a fair cut and a great cut. Here arc a few tips for when your saw ism cutting as Clean the tires. Bumpy tires will give you bumpy cuts. Spin the wheel a few times, applying even pressure on the tire with an old piece of 120-gric sandpaper. This will remove the crumbs that get pressed into the tire. Make sure the table is square with the hladc and the fence (Photo 3-3). Reset the cool blocks and...

The Drawer Insides

Refer to the pattern as a guide for drawer divisions. lake the drawer block guts (that is, without their fronts and backs) and insert them into their respective cavities in the lx> x Ixxly so they're flush with the front. With a square and pencil, mark the skie ami bottom cuts on the drawer Will my 3 16 blade cut the curve on this drawer *I*hcrc arc diagrams out there that tell you the diameter curves that each size blade can cut. Don t believe them. All Jfc blades are not alike, nor arc all...

Na mi

Ancient Japanese coastal monuments warn of these huge, geologically induced oceanic swells. I had a rough shape and size in mind when I designed Tsunami I wanted this four-drawer box to make a grand statement, so 1 started by doodJing a sweeping curvc on its side, I liked the point on the wave crest and the big swell that pushed to the right. The drawers and pulls draw your eyes with dieir slingshot motion, and the saw kerfs pull you along like an ocean current. I've gotten some great effects...

Tip

To save my fingertips, I often let a pull go to fall where it will rather than attempt to pick it off the moving cylinder once its sanded down. Photo 4-11 Hold the box or drawers tightly as you sand out die crtwi-graincd lines. Use an upward motion against the face of the 120-grit belt. Repeat this process using the 180-grit belt to lessen your palm sanding Later. Your dexterity is put to the test when you shape the drawer pulls. Touch the hack of the pull to the hclt to get it nice and flat...

What size boxes can I make

If you wane to make an 8-deep (20.3cm) box, you'd better have a band saw with 8 (20.3cm) clearance. And unless you plan your design carefully you'll have a tough time cutting out a 20-long (50.8cm) box on a band saw that has a 14 (35.6cm) throat. If you want to make smaller boxes with tighter curves than the ones in this book, yon may have to go with a f blade. You will probably have to change to a heavier blade to do the ripping because a W blade will mast likely bow out as you rip, leaving...

The Art Of Shaping With A Belt Sander

We both agree its an art in itself. Once you try this techni< i e, you'll soon find yourself experimenting, breaking free from that monotonous, routed edge or that painfully chiseled curve. With practice, youll learn the versatility of this tool. This first scction shows you how to freehand curves and edges and alleviates any fears you might have about removing too much wood. If you have an inflatable drum Sander, you may wish to try it with some of the techniques...

The Art and Heart of Woodwork ng

Some people chink woodworking is just a craft and not an art. Not so I've always felt that there's an artist that hides in the heart of every woodworker, waiting for that one inspiration to set it free. But in what form di> es inspiration come and where will it lead Maybe its the magic of color and grain patterns fashioned by nature in wood that moves one to imitate its grace. Or ic could be something more humble like one of those projects rhat didn't turn out quite right, but it was such a...

Oil And Wet Sanding

Sanding And Sawing

One of the first questions woodworkers ask as they stroke a box that's in my display is. What finish do you use My favorite finish is a brand called Livocs see the appendix for their information . Once I began using it, 1 couldn't gp back to any odier brand. This product contains citnis thinner instead of petroleum-based thinners and is much more pleasant to work with than common oil finishes. The aroma is of fresh oranges, and the linseed oil and plant resin base doesn't get stick ' on your...

Surf Minnow Leaf

Nature displays her grandeur in the smallest ol her creation . lhcse three single-drawer boxes are simple but unique, and make beautiful gifts. They also show that you can crcare abstracts with the smallest, simplest of shapes. The designs can be elongated if you want something a little bigger, and you can add a third drawer section if you wish. As with all band saw boxes, you can do most of the initial work and let the glue dry while you work on a Larger project. Minnow is the easiest of these...

Cetacean Migration

Many species of whales and dolphins travel north in summer to feed and south in winter to bawl. Another of my more recent designs. Cetacean Migration was designed to be the largest single-bodied box in my repertoire. The open ends allow the drawers to be a good size, and the drawer pulls remind me of little schools offish traveling alongside pods of whales. You need thick wood around T 2.2cm when planed, no less than 2cm to keep this box from looking too long and fiat when finished. I a gt is of clamps are required for a good lamination and for gluing the back piece on and the drawers back together. Otherwise, this is a very simple design to make. Ihe open ends to tlvese drawers are tiny, so its basically up to you whether you want to sand or chisel them to get the best look on the rounded ends of the box body and back. I usually just sand any pan that will show once the drawers arc all in place. When shaping on the belt swder, 1 like to broadly taper both ends of the box body from...

Pisces

The twelfth nf the zodiac. When 1 came up with this design, 1 knew what I saw but couldn't put a name to it. This happens often with new box tides. I had to actually make the box and look at it for a while, but still could not label what I saw in it. In desperation. I asked my mother what she thought. Pisces she immediately said. She always read the daily astrological forecasts in the paper, and it came right to her. I saw it soon as she said it and wondered why I hadn't thought of...

Laminating

Band Saw Boxes

Gather your block, glue and clamps on your workbench or table. Protect your bench from glue spills widi a Jf 3mm piece of Masonire or any flat piece of wood. 1 use an old piece of Formica tablcrop to protcct my work-table Irom glue spills. Begin by spreading glue thoroughly over the entire surface of each block section. Make certain there arv no dry spots. An inexpensive glue roller bottle is helpful for this. Make sure the sections are in order as you sandwich rhem together Photo 2-11 . Take...

Squaring The Block

Once die glue is dry and the clamps are removed, you arc ready to square your block, lliis isn't as hard as it sounds, and all you're really doing is flattening one side. Their arc two ways to do this, but first, you need to scrapc most of the dried glue bumps off one long edge of your block. You can use any kind of scraper or chisel. The easiest way ro ger a flat edge is on the Jointer. Make sure the jointer fence Ls at 90 to the table. Joint very small amounts from the scrapcd edge of the...