…A Bandsaw Box Tray By Hand…
I did the bandsaw box tray exercise to fly in the face of the man who said, “I don’t mind you using a bandsaw in your videos so long as you don’t make another of those bandsaw boxes!” Today I made one by hand minus the bandsaw because I could. Was the bandsaw and the hand brace slower? I didn’t time it. A little. Not much. I turned it out in under an hour. Is it quicker than dovetailing the corners and using conventional methods? Not really. About the same.
I cut my block to size and started by ripping the 7/16″ bottom off. I used a newly sharpened tenon saw and could have used a handsaw so I would not have needed to work from both ends but I was fine really.
I set a gauge up to 3/8″ from the inside lines delineating the inside walls of the box. I then made cross hairs to the front corners and these give me the centre of a 3/4″ brace bit. I marked both sides so I could bore from both side.
Once dry remove the clamps and plane up the outside of the box. Refer to the bandsawn version in the previous blog post for final shaping and finessing here.
I used a brace and bit to bore the holes for the magnets but being so near to the end the wood could easily split because the threaded part is quite stubby and wide at the base. I suggest you either clamp across the wood to stop it splitting or do as I did and drill a 1/8″ pilot hole to relieve the pressure on the wood and then go in with the bit and brace.
The unbandsawn tray box is ready for shellac.