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Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw Paperback – March 1, 2000
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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Bandsaw box-making accommodates the production of unique, elegant and flowing designs, but at the sacrifice of the functionality found in traditional joinery-intensive, rectangular boxes.
A number of the reviewers mentioned how they had to pay quite a bit more for a copy since the book was out of print (2000). Apparently that is no longer the case. I paid $23 for the 2015 edition. The older, used, editions are overpriced.
The author doesn't permit use of her designs for resale. However, once you are familiar with the concept of a bandsaw box, making your own designs is pretty straightforward. Just get some big 1" grid paper and be creative. Keep in mind the grain, short and long, the strength of the main body (carcass?) and how tight a turn you can make with your bandsaw. Also, you don't want it to move after it has been cut out so use dry wood. You Tube and the internet has tons of design options and ideas.
The only drawback I would like to point out is the chapter on finishing. Ventura is a little locked into the finishing products she uses. There is little in the way of recommendations on finishing with other than those particular products. I don't use those so was left a little to search on my own.
Aside from that one minor issue with the finishing I found this a great book to help the beginner jump in and make some very successful designs.
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