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Ok, my daughter wants a Lois Keener bandsaw box made from dogwood. The tree we had in the yard was full of holes created by wood borers. So, that all landed in the landfill. But, a neighbor had a 40 year old dogwood that the wood bores tried to make home. When he cut it down, I asked for the trunk. This is the last piece of it that I had. Yea, it doesn't look like much, but let's give it a try. This does not look promising. I'll check one end. Still not looking good and the test cut indicates that this wood is very soft. And, this end looks rather punky. So, we'll plunge in the blade to see what reveals. Brought out old trusty with shrub trimming blade. Cuts quickly and easily. You need some vision here to imagine if there may be something salvagable and usable. If I can get 5" X 5" I'll be very happy. The target project is 10" L X 5" H X 6" D. I can patch in some pecan or cedar. We'll see..... Looks better inside than out, but not much. Have to make another cut or two to get it down to size to fit the Shopsmith bandsaw. It has a limit of 6" high. So, on to the next cut to see what is in there. Cut number 2 reveals some very beautiful wood. Still some problems. On to cut number 3...... Rather pretty and much better than before. It still feels very dry and porous. Don't know what I'll have to do to keep the sealer, varnish to lay on the surface rather than permeate the wood. The next picture will show the result of all this sawing and guessing. With a little help from my friends, (got that playing in your head, didn't I), it will now fit the bandsaw. As you can see, it is almost 5 inches so I may get enough to work with. I am going to use some cedar to make it 6" deep. Don't touch that dial.......
This is in response to Gene volunteering sharing information about these beautiful boxes. I hope those of you who have tried them, can post some information of tips and cautions. Also, I hope that those who don't have the experience can and will post questions regarding them. Here is a link to the book with the patterns in the back. She does make the request to not make them for sale. https://www.amazon.com/Building-Beautiful-Bandsaw-Ventura-2000-12-02/dp/B01K9139SE/ref=sr_1_1?crid=9W51DP6E3O6N&dchild=1&keywords=lois+keener+ventura&qid=1589760262&sprefix=Lois+Keener%2Caps%2C178&sr=8-1 The patterns are in the back of the book. They are on graph paper but shrunk to fit into the book. So, take them to the copy store and enlarge them so that the blocks are 1" square. Then you can trace these onto the laminated or chunk of wood. Gene, I can hardly wait to see what you and AlB post regarding your experiences.