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Had a very frustrating winter, far too many "real" jobs to do. But I finally got another box done.
Walnut, beech and ply.
Trouble is every time I make an animal shape to sell, the missus gets attached and wont let it go.
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Can't blame your wife. Nelly is quite handsome.
Been trying to figure out how you cut the space between those legs without cutting into the trunk.

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my new table saw. I'm enjoying learning what I can do with it.
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Bob, great job on this box.

Would you mind sharing some dimensions. I am also trying to figure out how you cut out the legs and didn't bring a tear to NELLY'S eye (trunk).

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My guess is the legs are the front and back of the box, which could be cut from the same or a sandwiched piece using a pattern. Use the pattern to cut the middle layered section to fit, but with the trunk, but without the legs. Glue the front together with the middle sections and do the bandsaw cuts, then glue the back piece on last. Sand to perfect the rounded shape and finish. At least that's one way to produce what is a very interesting band saw box. Nice work Bob, especially given the limited wood choices on the island.

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She's 11" x 8" x 4" wide.
I usually start with a drawing on an A4 sheet of paper.

It might have been a "he" before i cut the legs out though
I used the table saw set to the belly height, then ran the box along the fence, being very careful to lift the box off before it got to the trunk. I only have a thin kerf blade so I had to make about 10 cuts, moving the fence each time.
Then i used a power file and sandpaper to finish off.
I must admit I made a mistake on this, I originally was going to start high in the centre cut, and then progressively lower the blade and cut each direction each time so that I had an arch. But I got over excited playing with the new saw and forgot to lower the blade, making the leg gap more square than "plan A" had it.
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Tom, just seen your post.

man, you give me way more credit for planning than I deserve
I start with a block of wood, and the rest is an ongoing saga.
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Bob,

Great job!!

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Great job,Bob, you always do such fine work. I like it.
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