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Project by ScottM posted 11-11-2020 01:54 PM 660 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another take on Blake Weber's Leaf Box. He also recently posted a video of his process. No affiliation, just giving credit where it’s due.

I had some number 3 cherry and walnut laying around that wasn’t going to be used for anything other than to cut up for smaller projects so I thought this would be a good use. I didn’t purchase his plans for this so I just winged it. It came out about 4” wide, 9” long, and 3” tall. The lid insert, underneath, is a leftover piece of jatoba. The lid center is a thin sliver of pine. It took me a while to figure out the positive and negative curve thing to make the lid but finally got it right. I made a few templates so that I can make it again at some point. Just a whole lot of sanding…

It’s finished with 4 or 5 coats of spray satin lacquer and 3 coats of paste wax. Not sure what I’ll do with this one yet. My wife keeps ooh’ing and ahhh’ing over it so it seems that makes the decision.





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#1 posted 11-11-2020 03:10 PM

Beautiful work.
Nice selection of woods and a great way to save those pieces.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 11-12-2020 03:51 PM

Great work Scott! Smooth and polished with excellent detailing.

I see how the lid can make use of all sorts of straight grain scraps. dod you made.saved the templates, this looks like a popular gift project.

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#3 posted 11-12-2020 04:31 PM

Thanks guys. I had actually first wanted to use the jatoba for the lid but messed up the opposing curves, but was able to make use of it on the inside.

I made another for my mom for Christmas. That one doesn’t have the split lid design, just a single piece but it still looks nice. The body of that one is made from some lumber my dad bought 40 or so years ago that I found in her attic so I think she’ll like it. I keep considering making another lid for it since I have the lid figured out.

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#4 posted 11-12-2020 07:39 PM

Nice work Scott. Did you use a CNC, or a more traditional Bandsaw to make the interior cut outs?

I’ve long made friction fit tops just like Blake showed in the video. Probably from Kindergarten too. :-)

Are these just in time for Christmas gifting, or plans to sell?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 11-12-2020 08:05 PM



Nice work Scott. Did you use a CNC, or a more traditional Bandsaw to make the interior cut outs?

I ve long made friction fit tops just like Blake showed in the video. Probably from Kindergarten too. :-)

Are these just in time for Christmas gifting, or plans to sell?

- therealSteveN

Thanks. No CNC. I made templates from some MDF. Then just traced the outer shape on to the blanks and sanded down to the lines using my Ridgid belt/spindle sander. Then set the interion width and traced in on using a compass, drilled some holes and then used my jigsaw to get the bulk of the waste out. Then more spindle sanding.
I don’t sell anything. I tell people just wait and they can buy it at a yard sale for 50 cents in a few years! My wife has already claimed this one…

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#6 posted 11-12-2020 11:55 PM

Very nice looking piece, great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 11-13-2020 12:27 AM

Wife ooh’ing and ahhh’ing is a good thing…

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#8 posted 11-13-2020 03:27 AM

Looking good …..

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#9 posted 11-13-2020 06:55 AM


I don t sell anything. I tell people just wait and they can buy it at a yard sale for 50 cents in a few years! My wife has already claimed this one…

- ScottM

I’ve been to hundreds of auctions, and yard sales, and am still looking for a piece like either of those boxes for 50 cents.

I imagine you’ve followed Blake’s website to where he has some items marked as sold out, and the prices he was getting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 11-15-2020 03:47 AM

Is this a bandsaw box?

-- Weekend Woodworker @ https://ettowoodworking.com

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#11 posted 11-16-2020 01:27 PM



Is this a bandsaw box?

- Gerald Etto

I did use the bandsaw quite a bit but it isn’t a “true” bandsaw box that is sliced apart and then glued back together. This is just a bunch of layers glued together. Check Blakes video, he shows it all pretty good.

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