Cabinets To Cracked Bandsawn Jewelry Box

By on September 22, 2013

This is another cabinet salvage project. After dismantling the face frames from another kitchen remodel I was left with quite a bit of usable poplar. I normally just throw together a quick cutting board when salvaging this type of wood but I decided to set it aside and ponder on a different project. It wasn’t until I purchased a bandsaw that I decided on what to make. A cracked bandsawn jewelry box.

A big inspiration for this project was a bandsaw box that Steve Carmichael made last year for his daughter. He also made a step by step video to cover the project. I’ll include that video here as well.

The design I went with was something I have seen on the internet repeatedly over the years. A project such as a bandsaw box provides a great opportunity to get creative and make a unique design but I really didn’t want to this time. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel with this one but rather get some good bandsaw experience. It has been a while since I ran a bandsaw and this was a great chance to brush up on my bandsaw skills. At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the instruction article and template that I used (I reduced it for a height of 11″).

Overall I am very happy with the way they turned out. For drawer pulls I cut up a scrap piece of dark green poplar which was also salvaged a long time ago from a box spring mattress. The transitions in between drawers are not the prettiest but not too bad for my first bandsaw box. I used natural Danish oil to make the color stand out a bit more and covered that with Satin Deft Spray Lacquer. Below is a short video covering the build.cracked bandsaw box

cracked bandsaw box


Setve Carmichael’s bandsaw box:


  • You can find the original “how to” and template that I used HERE
  • The above link seems to be working one day and not another so if you want my version you can download it by clicking HERE. It’s the same thing but scaled down to fit on a regular 8.5″x11″ piece of paper.
  • Visit Steve Carmichael’s Facebook page



  1. eddieantley

    September 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    cool band saw boxes .nice saw too seems to cut well

    • Jay Bates

      September 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks! With that blade the saw cuts like a hot knife through butter!

    • jim

      April 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      hey awesome job on the bandsaw box!
      also, as for your “New Bandsaw,” would you buy that same one again? i’m on the verge of buying one & i have never seen or used that particular brand. let me know your thoughts.

  2. vidal1151

    October 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    very nice job, clever ideas, what kind of blade is that?

    • Jay Bates

      October 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Highland Woodworking 3/16 4tpi skip tooth.

  3. tommy1601

    October 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I love it, I will be giving it a try. how long to make?

    • Jay Bates

      October 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I have about 10 hours in the project. LOTS of sanding

  4. Chris

    October 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    They look great. I want to try making some myself. Do you know where I can get the pattern?

  5. Jay Bates

    October 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Right below the second video on this page is a link to the original article regarding them. At the bottom of that page is a downloadable file. I scaled mine down to 11″ tall to fit on a regular piece of computer paper

  6. Carmen Salamone

    November 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Jay nice job! You made one with small brass knobs, where did you find them?

    • Jay Bates

      November 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      I didn’t make any with brass knobs.

  7. marty

    April 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    love the boxes,thanks for the video.

    • Jay Bates

      April 6, 2014 at 7:49 am

      You’re welcome Marty. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Pierre

    May 26, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I like the music, please tell me about it

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