Someone said, “I don’t mind you using a bandsaw in your videos so long as you don’t make another of those bandsaw boxes!”, so I did. Hannah had brought me a wire metal version of a magnetic container intended for a fridge and I liked its usefulness for keeping wrenches like spanners and Allen keys. I needed a second and a third because of their handiness so I made them using the bandsaw box making method. They are fast to make, super strong and everything shrinks appropriately in the right direction. I added my magnets from eBay and hey presto. Right where and when you need them.
Safe work practices
Before you begin, work safely. Make certain the guards are in place and adjusted to the correct protective height or distance and then fully locked off and locked down. Slipping fences, stops and guards are not always obvious to you when your focus and awareness is on the blade and cutting.
Keep your push sticks close to hand and USE them! Be conscious that would can split when you least expect it. Hands close to any blade can lunge when resistance is removed by fractured wood. You should always be conscious that this is nine times out of ten totally unpredictable.
…and along the front edge. Also, mark a line along the back edge 11/16″. These lines will guide you in subsequent work.
Plane the two mating surfaces smooth if you want to, otherwise they can remain as bandsawn surfaces. (Strictly speaking, the bandsaw box meeting surfaces are generally left as bandsaw cuts without hand tool refinement but this project lends itself to perfecting the joint lines and it is good practice.)
Glue the main box body to the base piece aligning the front long edge and corners as closely as possible and clamp. The back end edges can be moved in or out to align once the front corners are clamped.
(In one of the above pictures you can see a small step. This step occurs because the saw kerf removes around 1/16″ of wood and then a few shavings even more. Once the glue is dry it can be planed flush.)
With the roundover completed you can 0lane the end grain into the roundover and the roundover stop the out cut from splintering as long as you plane in that direction.
Add the two magnets.
Make certain to consider safety surrounding its location. The idea of the tray is good stowage and accessibility and then its relocating ability. I would not for instance hang the box on the front upper area above the cutting blade even though my magnets are exceptionally strong and the tray does not move. Vibration will effectively move anything given time. Low, below the table and to my left works well for me. Generally we will have always unplugged the machine from the electricity before we make any adjustments. I hang mine on the rim of my bandsaw table when adjusting roller bearings and guides etc.I then move it to a permanent location as discussed.
Choice of protective finish is yours but shellac or waterborne varnish will work fine.