Beautiful Bandsawn Boxes
Seamless boxes from a single block of wood
Synopsis: Bandsawn boxes are quick to make, requiring no measuring, no joinery, and almost no planning. Yet they are impressive to look at and are a great place to explore your creativity. Michael Cullen explains how to make two kinds of bandsawn boxes, one with two walls that meet in a point at each end, and the other with four walls and rectangular form. Each type starts with a block of wood, a bandsaw, and an imagination.
I build a lot of furniture—often complex, exacting pieces carefully mapped out in scale drawings. Some years ago I began making bandsawn boxes as a way to relieve the tension of working on such long, demanding projects. The boxes are quick, requiring no measuring, no joinery, and almost no planning. They welcome creativity, opening a door to limitless variations of form and embellishment. And most of all, they are fun. I can grab…