If you have a band saw, then chances are you're looking for some fun bandsaw projects to get started on. When it comes to using your band saw, you will be surprised at the sheer versatility the band saw offers.
Granted, you may need to use other tools for certain tasks the band saw cannot perform, like sanding. But, you should still be able to perform all the necessary cuts for your project with the band saw alone.
A great band saw is an amazingly versatile tool that can accomplish cuts most other saws simply cannot.
For instance, a table saw can make rips and crosscuts, but it will fail miserably with curved cuts. You could always use a jigsaw for curved cuts, but rip, crosscuts, and even longer curved cuts will prove tedious.
That is why we have provided a list of 43 fun band saw projects that you can do right in your home workshop.
The Jewelry box is arguably one of the easier projects that any woodworker can pursue. Of course, as with most woodworking projects, the simplicity or complexity of the project is entirely up to you. You can make fantastically complex jewelry boxes simply by using a bandsaw and little else. As with most of the projects on this list, the point that will truly determine the complexity of the jewelry box is the lines used.
While it is easy enough to make a fairly straightforward jewelry box with only right angles, the ability of a band saw to make sweeping curves definitely provides a fair bit of wiggle room when settling on the initial design. Keep in mind, multi-drawer and curved frame jewelry boxes will increase the difficulty of the project far more than with many other types of projects.
Take a look here for Jewelry Box plans: www.instructables.com
With technology creeping further and further into our lives, the humble woodworker may feel like a bit of an anachronism, a person out of time. Thankfully, the sheer adaptability of wood as a material can help you wrangle a USB flash drive or other USB dongle device, and give it an old-meets-new feel with a wooden cover. Even better, this is a fairly easy project that requires no additional tools.
You will only need two-three pieces of wood to complete this project. This is an excellent use for any smaller pieces of scrap wood you have laying around that otherwise likely would not get used. One thing to keep in mind is that this project requires gluing the USB drive to the wood, so it is a permanent project.
See the USB Flash Drive Cover project and plans: www.crafts.tutsplus.com
A dinner table is another fun band saw project that can be made as simple or complex as you desire. A dinner table sounds like a huge project, and some of the more complex designs out there can be. However, it is entirely possible to make a simple dinner table very quickly.
Basically, a table is just a rectangular plane set atop four posts. The ability to cut long sweeping curves allows you and your band saw to spice things up and give your dinner table an elegant look more commonly associated with Victorian Era projects.
The easiest way to accomplish this is with cabriole legs. This style of leg features long, soft curves that provide the table a more organic look and feel. It is important to note the rough cut can be accomplished with just the band saw. If you want a smooth circular finish, you will need to sand the edges. This can take a bit of time, though is not difficult.
Follow along on our DIY case study about building a dining room table. Where the table saw was used, substitute with your band saw.
A coat rack is a really simple project that you can make in a few hours. In essence, all we're talking about is a backplate, and several hooks attached to the backplate.
The backplate can be nothing more than a piece of wood, cut to a specific dimension that your space specifies. Rectangular is the easiest design, and quite simple to cut on the band saw.
If you want, the band saw is also capable of more elegant, curved cuts. This would add some sophistication to your backplate, but isn't necessary. You can also sand the edges to make a more rounded edge to your backplate's piece of wood.
The hooks can be nothing more than round wooden pegs, or you can make them more of a sophisticated hook. Make sure to space the hooks at least 6 inches a part so that the coats have space to hang.
As we mentioned, you can add sophistication by using the bandsaw, but you really don't need anything more than a few normal tools for this project. For example, if you'd rather, you could use a circular saw for most of the cuts.
Here are the plans for a Coat Hanger Rack: www.dw.com
Using a band saw to make a chair is a relatively easy task, and not as daunting as it might sound. You can build chairs to add to your DIY dining room table, or for a table you already have.
This is in a large part because many chairs will feature armrests with at least some degree of curvature to make them more comfortable. There are few tools available to cut curves better than a band saw. One thing to keep in mind, this project will require the use of glue and other tools for some of the finer points and finishing touches.
For instance, you will need a good drill to drill the dowel holes which will ultimately be used to connect the different components of the chair. It is important to note that this project requires a number of difficult cuts, which will require you to cut without a butt guide. Of course, you can provide some stability with a bracing piece of wood, but a full brace will be difficult to come by.
Start creating your own Dining Chairs today here: www.instructables.com
Similar to the coat rack, and address sign for your house can be nothing more than a backplate with your address numbers screwed into it. This is another wonderful beginner band saw project, as you can crank this out in a few hours.
Adding a new DIY address sign out of pallets to your front yard or house can really up to the look and feel of your property. So many people just have their address numbers bolted to their home, and you can add a lot of charm and uniqueness by making your own address sign.
You can use a band saw to cut a straight, rectangular backplate to house the numbers, or you can get a little more creative and make a unique design. Your address numbers can usually be picked up at a local hardware store, or you can find some more unique options on Etsy. Typically, the letters screw into the wooden backplate, or are glued on.
If your address sign will be exposed to the elements, make sure to add a coat or stain or polyurethane to the wood backplate to protect it. This will also allow you to add some color to the wood, if you prefer.
Find your next Address Sign inspiration here: www.ana-white.com
A simple night stand could be nothing more than a smaller, simpler version of the dining room table we referenced above. You can easily take the same set of plans, and just modify them for the dimensions you want for your night stand. That wouldn’t be making the most of your bandsaw, though, because you can add a lot of curves to the legs or top with this aw.
If you want your nightstand to feature a circular top, you will definitely want to break out the bandsaw for this task. Keep in mind, unless you are willing to go through the process of bending wood, which can be time-consuming and require numerous clamps, you may have difficulty making a nightstand with a drawer.
Here are the step by step plans for creating a 3 Drawer Night Stand: www.fixthisbuildthat.com
Using a bandsaw to make a set of drawers is similar to using the bandsaw to make a jewelry box, except the scale is much larger. In this respect, making a large set of drawers for clothing can follow some of the same general principles of making a table or nightstand. If you intend to use mostly straight lines and common angles, then your best bet would be to go with the table saw.
Still, older styles of furniture from the 18th and 19th century generally rely on curved lines, and would be best be made using a bandsaw. This principle goes one step further when you consider the legs or feet of the drawers are often curved, even if the main body is not. Regardless, this project should not be one of the more difficult ones, unless you desire it to be.
Take a look at the video here for creating Instant Drawers: www.wwgoa.com
Candle holders can be fairly simple, or they can be exquisitely complex. However, most of the time you will want to use a drill to bore a hole to hold the candle. Of course, there are a couple ways around this. You could have a candle holder with the opening not closed in completely.
Another workaround is to simply have a flat base on top, which is where you place the candle. The only potential issue is that certain types of candles may end up dripping wax onto the holder or surface below. That said, most candle holders made with a bandsaw are designed to hold tea lights which are self-contained.
Check out this Candle Holder project here: www.suncatcherstudio.com
It may seem a bit odd considering what people commonly see when they think of a basket, but a bandsaw is perhaps ideally suited for making a basket out of wood. However, a basket made out of wood will not feature the gentle sloping bucket you may imagine. Instead, a basket made out of wood will feature numerous layers of the same general shape, cut into smaller and smaller sizes.
This is accomplished by either cutting each individual piece separately, or by employing a more advanced technique where you cut all of the pieces at once using a spiral cut. Regardless of the cutting method you choose, which should likely be based on your woodworking skill, you will ultimately glue the joints and the various layers together.
You need to see this Collapsible Wooden Basket project: www.woodarchivist.com
Despite the fact that this is purely decorative in nature, the name plaque may be one of the more difficult bandsaw projects on this list. This is in a large part due to the fact that a name plaque will generally require a series of incredibly precise cuts with numerous points. You will have to cut into the name and then later go back to glue the kerf line shut. That said, there are not numerous pieces associated with a name plaque.
Technically, due to the precision and planning required but the absence of additional pieces and jointing techniques, the name plaque is most appropriately understood as an intermediate level project. Of course, you can always make the project easier by using a drill to start an opening in a needed hole and finish with a router.
See the step by step plans for the Wooden Arrow Name Plaques here: www.realitydaydream.com
While this project is not especially difficult, it is one of the few on this list that will definitely require a few more additional steps and tools. Despite its versatility, a bandsaw alone cannot make an appropriate opening out of a single piece of wood designed to hold a liquid or grains. As such, you will need to either use a drill for a smaller opening or a lathe for a larger one.
A cup, a mug or a scoop featuring a smaller opening, simply drill the opening and use the bandsaw to cut the shape of the body around it. Then, sand it smooth. For a larger opening, you will want to use segmented sides that are then glued together before smoothed with the lathe.
Here are the plans for a simple Scoop: www.fouroakscrafts.com
If you are trying to make the standard style of rectangular door, your best bet is to use a table saw and a hand planer. If, on the other hand, you want to make a door that features unusual patterns, especially for windows, the bandsaw can assist greatly in this regard. More modern styles fit this mold nicely, especially in the Art Deco style.
In this instance, you will still want to use a table saw to make the longer rips of the door’s outer framing pieces. Then, you will want to use one of a number of tools to cut out the window opening. Thankfully, the various window pieces to fashion the art deco style as well as fastening them is fairly easy.
This Stikwood Door tutorial is a must see: www.mavistheairstream.com
Like a number of other projects on this list, the coffee table can be similar to another suggested project: the dinner table. Coffee tables are just as often used as a centerpiece as they are for their utilitarian purpose. Moreover, the smaller size of a coffee table lends itself better to a bandsaw than some dinner table designs. It is one of the bandsaw projects that is great to begin with, because you will learn a lot through the process.
Regardless, it is a good idea to take advantage of the bandsaw’s ability to cut intricate designs to make the coffee table more elaborate than perhaps your everyday dinner table. In this case, you could easily make a coffee table top or legs that are complex with various sweeping curves.
Take a look at some of our favorite Coffee Table Plans: www.sawshub.com
Corbels basically function like a buttress for an otherwise free hanging shelving surface. Of course, with the help of the bandsaw’s curving cuts, you can make the corbels as complex as you desire. You can go so far as mimicking the gothic style for which buttresses were made famous. Keep in mind, making general corbels is not that difficult, but the degree to which you include intricate lines can increase the difficulty.
That said, once you have your corbel frame pieces completed, putting the different pieces together into a completed corbel is fairly easy. If you want interior openings in your corbels, like more complex designs, you will need to drill holes and use either a jigsaw or other tool to cut them out.
See this Detailed Corbel project: www.realitydaydream.com
A picture frame is perhaps one of the easiest projects that any woodworker can take on. It can use any variety of tools, including handheld power tools or hand tools, and be fashioned into numerous shapes or designs. Moreover, this project can span skill levels from beginner to intermediate.
If you are looking to use your bandsaw to make a picture frame and frame the picture in a circular shape, you can either use a drill to cut out the opening or glue the kerf line shut if you just want to use the bandsaw.
Make a Picture Frame with these instructions here: www.fixthisbuildthat.com
Wall art can take a multitude of forms from an abstract design to a representative figure, and can be either complex or simple in design. An interesting take on wall art is to make a negative image where the absence of wood forms the lines. This generally is a bit more difficult and will require additional tools for the empty space.
One of the best qualities of wall art is that it only needs to be made out of a single piece of wood, though you can certainly layer the art in numerous pieces. Wall art can also be made into a large piece that spans multiple feet or simply a small decoration.
Check out the Trendy State Plaque plans here: www.realitydaydream.com
Creating a small wooden toy airplane is a fairly simple DIY project that you can do with your bandsaw and little else needed. The bandsaw is going to make all of the cuts for you, after you have traced the main body onto the wood. You will also need a small drill bit to create dowel holes.
The main body of the airplane will have small dowel holes drilled into it for attaching the wings, which you may want to add in a little wood glue or super glue for a strong connection. This toy airplane may not be great for tossing but it is a strong and sturdy toy for kids to grasp onto and use their imagination to pilot.
Here are the instructions for a Wooden Toy Airplane: www.instructables.com
While simple toy soldiers and cars are easy enough to accomplish even by beginner woodworkers using a bandsaw, some children’s toys require significantly more skill to complete. A rocking horse is an excellent project to test your mettle with the bandsaw. Even better, you do not need too many other tools besides the bandsaw.
Due to the organic shape of the rocking horse and the necessary curved rockers, the bandsaw is perhaps the most well-suited tool for the job. Once you have cut the various project components, a drill and sander are all that are required for the finishing touches.
Take a look at the DIY Rocking Horse project here: www.doityourselfdivas.com
Most of the time, a simple shelving project will only need a table saw and whatever you intend to fasten the different component pieces with. Simple honeycomb shelves can bring a stylish look to any room.
Of course, if you are looking to spice up an old theme with a new approach, the bandsaw can be used to great effect. With sweeping curves or tight swirls, the bandsaw can provide an organic shelving unit that is truly unique.
Keep in mind, you will still need to fasten it in some way. Whether you use one of various types of joints or hardware, this will ultimately require you to rely on additional tools.
See the plans for Firewood Floating Shelves: www.fixthisbuildthat.com
While rocking horses are unisex, they are generally limited to younger children, and toy soldiers or cars are often seen as the purview of young boys. However, that does not mean there are no suitable woodworking projects for young girls. Drawing back to a tradition that spans centuries, “paper” dolls have been a mainstay in young female playtime.
This project is fairly easy as each individual component is made out of a single piece of wood without the need for additional tools or any fastening. Moreover, the small details like hands and hair can even provide an opportunity for intermediate woodworkers to stretch their legs.
Check out these Wooden Paper Dolls here: www.realitydaydream.com
The sheer number of different types of planters you can make with a bandsaw can be a bit overwhelming. If you use a bandsaw to construct a planter, you probably are going to make it a bit more ornate than a simple 5-sided open cube.
One of the more interesting uses of a bandsaw for planters involves the hanging planter. Because a hanging planter generally has some type of hollow opening along its vertical axis, this provides the bandsaw an opportunity to work with both the organic curved lines that complement a living organism as well as open work.
Again, this is a great and fun bandsaw project, because it is so highly functional around your house.
This DIY Succulent Planter is a must see: www.homecrux.com
This project is a bit difficult to gauge because it will definitely test you. Probably not in the way that you imagined, however. Since the classic puzzle is a 2D plane, the real difficulty with this project comes from the endurance test and tedium that making each of the minute cuts required.
Keep in mind, the high degree of precision means that there is no getting around the sheer attention to detail required to successfully complete this project. Aside from patience, the most important thing to remember is that you should keep a traceable blueprint of the finished puzzle in case you need to recut a piece.
Take a look at this 3D Wooden Turtle Puzzle here: www.hgtv.com
This is often the very first project that any beginning woodworker builds while learning the fundamental skills of the craft. However, there is no reason you have to end your experiments with birdhouse building in the basic trapezoidal design. One of the more interesting takes on birdhouses involve an open design.
The open design does not include a complete floor and instead offers a half-open floor. One of the best qualities about birdhouses is that they are so easy, they serve as an excellent introduction for younger family members who may show an interest in woodworking.
Take the decor up a notch and add a fabric lining to the roof with a handy upholstery staple gun as a finishing touch. You can also make this your self by starting from dried wood slices.
Find your inspiration with this Simple Birdhouse design: www.thefamilyhandyman.com
This is by far one of the more intricate and complicated projects on our list, even if its minute size might imply otherwise. Aside from the fact that this project involves a number of different component pieces as well as a moving mechanism, it will also require more tools than most of the other projects on this list as well.
If you construct this candy dispenser, it will provide a quaint and eccentric piece. Using fine stains and soft finishes makes it a piece that can be passed down through generations. Just remember to glue the top of the mason jar and not the jar itself to the project.
Here are the plans for a Jelly Bean Jar Dispenser: www.instructables.com
Because wine racks simply require two openings spaced far enough apart that they can support the size and weight of one or more wine bottles, this is generally seen as one of the easier projects to complete. That said, even if you use plans which feature unclosed openings for the wine bottles, you will still need to make a number of cuts.
As such, this project may not necessarily be difficult or require various tools, but it will require a bit more precision than some of the other beginner level projects on this list. Still, with only three necessary components, this is a good project for beginners looking to test their skills.
Here is our list of the Best Wine Rack DIYs: www.sawshub.com
While this is nowhere near one of the more complicated projects on this list, the Lazy Susan does have one caveat that sets it apart from most of the others. It requires hardware. In order to build a Lazy Susan that can easily and smoothly spin in any direction, you will need to attach a bearing system to the top which connects to the base.
Depending on how traditional you want to go, this project can be fastened with either hardware or dowels. Though it is not especially difficult, you will need to use a number of different tools, including a drill and sander at least.
You need to see this easy Lazy Susan Turntable project: www.leeswoodprojects.com
If you have nontraditional sized drawers in your kitchen then it may be easier to build your own drawer organizer instead of combing the aisles trying to find one with the right dimensions to fit. There is also the ability to customize your organizers to fit exactly what you need.
You won’t need a lot of extra tools, since the body of the organizer relies on a tight fit to hold everything together. The bandsaw comes in handy with creating the curves in the dividers so that you can easily reach in. Also you will need a sander and a table saw to make the board cuts. This project was completed with a single piece of oak board.
Take a look here for the Kitchen Drawer Organizer Instructions: www.woodworkingformeremortals.com
Creating a usable bowl has many steps, but overall it is a fairly easy and straightforward project. You will need to use a bandsaw for the cuts and glue to adhere it all together. The segmented part of this project is cutting different colors of wood or just making small cuts of the same wood to create the rounded shape.
The bottom of the bowl is the last step you will do. This allows you to be able to freely sand the round body of the bowl without having any missed or tight corners. Once it is sanded smooth, you will attach the flat board bottom and then trim it to fit the bowl.
Check out the plans for Angled Segmented Wooden Bowls here: www.instructables.com
While you can make a mug out of wood, for a good thermal travel mug, this project is best made with a stainless steel insert to go into the middle, while the woodwork stays as the decorative and insulating outer shell. To create the round design, you will need to use wood segments cut and then glued together to create the long oval shape.
Once the wood pieces are adhered together and cured, then you will add the bottom piece before you begin to sand and trim the body of the tumbler. You don’t need to sand the inside once the right diameter is reached.
See the step by step instructions for this Wooden Travel Mug: www.wwgoa.com
Skip visiting the tool store for basic cabinet latches and try your hand at this easy DIY with your bandsaw. You will need your band saw to make the precise length and width cuts as well as some wood glue to attach the tab for locking or unlocking.
Each wooden latch is created with three pieces of wood. You should be able to create a few of these latches within two hours. While they may not be the best for child proofing your workshop, these are great latches for ensuring doors stay closed.
Check out these DIY Wooden Cabinet Latches: www.instructables.com
Making your own traditional wooden blocks for toddlers is a great bandsaw DIY project for all those scraps of wood that you end up with. It is even better if you have different types of wood to give these toy blocks a more rustic look.
You don’t need any templates, just scrap wood, a ruler, a pencil, medium grit sandpaper and a bandsaw. The ruler is to make sure that you are cutting straight lines on the blocks. Also make sure that you are making them large enough so that little ones won’t choke on any small pieces.
Take a look at the instructions for Natural Wooden Blocks here: www.crafts.tutsplus.com
Building a wooden toy sword with your kids is an easy and fun project that they can help with. First you will need to create your sword design and then outline it on the wood that you are using for the project, we recommend plywood.
Trace two additional sword hilts on the board, this will create a large adhered sword handle to really make imaginative play come alive. Once you cut out the pieces with the bandsaw you will want to put it all together with wood glue.
When it is dry you can even out any rough edges and create nice even lines with a sanding tool before you finish this project with some paint.
See the full step by step details here: www.artofmanliness.com
For toy cars, you will ideally use the layering technique to form the body and wheels. Adhere two pieces of wood together to create a thicker toy and allow the glue to sit overnight before you begin the cuts.
Create your desired car shape by freehanding or tracing the outline onto one side of the wood block. Use your bandsaw to create the cutout, as well as a cut out the window hole with the preferred hand tool of your choice.
Finish by sanding down the entire body so that there are no sharp edges before you add on the wheels.
Check out how to make this Toyota Rav4 Wooden Toy Car: www.instructables.com
Bandsaw boxes are really neat trinket or small jewelry boxes that you can create thanks to the curve cutting ability of the bandsaw. Once you know the basics of how to create them, you can make bandsaw boxes in almost any size or shape.
Once you have your template, begin cutting out the basic box shape and then cut out the drawers. With the drawer cutouts you will need to hollow out the inside to your desired depth. Make sure that you sand down any hard corners or rough spots to keep the bandsaw box looking smooth.
Take a look here to see how to make a Eucalyptus Wood Bandsaw Box: www.rockler.com
With your template printed, trace all of the pieces onto your wood and begin making the cuts with your bandsaw. Once everything has been cut out you will want to begin adhering the pieces together with wood glue and screws.
The wood glue will make sure that this piece holds up over the long run, as well can add a hat rack function to your piece. If you don’t like the screw holes showing, then you can opt to use small pieces of dowel to fill in the holes.
See the Bandsaw Taxidermy plans here: www.instructables.com
These wooden utensils are beautiful and really useful in the kitchen. While these are basic looking utensils, they will require a decent amount of cutting with your bandsaw to get the right angles and cutouts.
Start by using the side shape template on the short side of your wood pieces. This will incorporate the needed body groove of the salad servers. You can sand down the piece some after you cut, but it is not needed as you will be cutting again.
Use a drill bit to create the back of the finger holes and then follow up by doing the full cut out with your bandsaw. Once finished, go ahead and sand down the entire body of the servers.
Take a look at this tutorial for the full instructions and template: www.woodworkingformeremortals.com
These DIY bandsaw christmas decorations would be perfect for gifting or displaying during the holiday season. You will use two templates to create the outline of the deer as well as to create the 3D body of the deer, accentuating his nose and body.
The bandsaw can make all of the curving cuts for the deer. You will also need a sanding machine to soften all of the edges. To finish, skip painting the deer and leave them in their natural wood state. You can rub the wood oil of your choice on the surface to add a finishing shine.
Watch the step by step video for how to make Wooden Reindeer here: www.youtube.com
Creating a garden bench is easier than you may think, all you need is a bandsaw, a power drill, wood screws, wood glue and a way to sand it. Using a template you will need to measure and outline each piece of wood for the garden bench.
You will trim and cut each board with your bandsaw. Next you can opt to sand down the rough edges or wait until the bench is complete before you sand. Using wood glue and screws attach each part of the bench’s skeletal frame, then move onto adding in the slats for seating.
Using wood glue along with the screws will give your bench an added stability so that it does not have a wobbly frame.
Take a look at the instructions for this Garden BEnch here: www.extremehowto.com
While this may be one of the coolest DIYs on the list, it is also one of the most difficult to create. You will not only need a bandsaw to create the cuts, but you will also need special template creating software to figure out the right dimensions and curves that the frame needs to fit pre-ordered lenses.
This isn’t a DIY for the faint of heart, but with the right tools and some experience you can create your own pair of wooden sunglasses.
See more information on how to create these Wooden Sunglasses here: www.instructables.com
This box is perfect for holding your favorite pen or storing must have writing utensils on your desk. To create this great box, you will do it in the style of the previous bandsaw boxes. Make sure that you measure the general length of the pen that you are planning to store inside so that it fits within the drawer.
Outline and then use your bandsaw to cut out the entire box. Next you will cut out the drawer and then hollow out the area that the pen will set in. If you are using a felt liner, then you may want to go ahead and trim out the sides to give the felt liner all the room it needs to fit snug.
Check out this easy DIY Pen Box here: www.fouroakscrafts.com
Surprisingly similar to making a bandsaw box, creating a wooden vase requires you to trim out the main outer design, and then hollow out the inside. This project is an easier one to make that can become more intermediate depending on how intricate you want to make the cut and design.
If you are planning on using this to hold real flowers, then it is best to find and utilize a glass insert for holding the flowers and added water.
See the instructions for this Wooden Vase project: www.thecarmichaelworkshop.com
This DIY crayon/colored pencil holder is going to be on your next must have list for the kids in your life. To make this really simple design, you will need to cut three pieces of wood in an identical half moon shape.
Next you will use wooden dowels and wood glue to secure the three pieces together in order to make a thick semi circle block. Once this block has dried overnight, you will use a drill to make multiple holes in the top curve of the hedgehog.
Once the holes are drilled you can sand down any round edges and smooth out any uneven lines before you paint it to resemble a hedgehog and then place your coloring devices inside of it.
Take a look at this cute Hedgehog Colored Pencil Holder design: www.prodigalpieces.com
Regardless your skill level, there are a host of bandsaw projects that rely either mostly or wholly on the band saw. Whether you simply want to find a use for leftover scrap wood or have grander projects in mind, the band saw’s ability to cut smoothly and cleanly in a variety of shapes makes it an ideal tool for almost any project. While it may not be best suited for every kind of cut, there are few projects that cannot be improved with the use of a band saw.