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    I gave the band saw box project a go this weekend. It is cut from a mesquite log my son gave me. I have only sanded enough to take off the ruff stuff. I will pretty it up later.
    The sword is something I have messed with for about 10 years. I traded a walking staff for the blade and made the handle and sheath from red oak. It is not something I want to use, just something to fool with.
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    Pacifism is great, as long as everyone is participating.



    StephenD


    The Southern Arizona Woodturners Association
    Desert Woodcrafters
    Grandpa for the 7 most amazing children.

  • #2
    Love the box and sword.

    Will love to see the finished box.

    George

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    • #3
      Nice start to the box Stephen. What size blade did you use and how hard was the mesquite? We have a tree here in the Islands that is like mesquite but unless it is a very old tree, it will not be very large around. So how do you like working with the band saw boxes?
      Hawaiilad
      Larry

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      • #4
        Larry, I tried a 1/8" blade to cut the curved part and a 1/2 for the straight cuts. Next time I will use the 1/4" for the whole thing I think.
        It was hard cutting with the fine tooth skinny blade. I think I toasted it.
        This is my second try at one of these boxes. The first was with the scroll saw on a piece of 2x4.
        Like most stuff, it will take some time to figure out how to be successful at this.
        I forgot to cut off the back of the thing before I cut out the drawer. I'm gona put something back there to stop it from going all the way thru.
        Pacifism is great, as long as everyone is participating.



        StephenD


        The Southern Arizona Woodturners Association
        Desert Woodcrafters
        Grandpa for the 7 most amazing children.

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        • #5
          Stephen, I have forgotten to cut parts off of the myself. I was cocky one day after not being in the shop for several weeks and jumped right in cutting a couple boxes when I noticed I forgot to cut the backs off but instead I cut the front off the box...that sure didn't come out very good. I use a 10 teeth per inch 3/16" blade that works great.
          Hawaiilad
          Larry

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          • #6
            Looking good! Mesquite is some beautiful wood actually. A lot of folks associate it with wood for grilling, which it is good for, but makes beautiful furniture and other things also.

            Phil J.

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