Leaf Box




I love making bandsaw boxes. This is one of the most difficult boxes i make but i love a challenge. This was not the first of this style of box the first one i made got a lot of attention and the one thing everyone wanted to know was how i made it and then that would be quickly followed by "that looks very difficult to make". I want to show you that it really is not as hard as it looks what you need most is time and patients.

I am sharing this with you all as i had not made many boxes at the time i made this, and was still learning to use the bandsaw to get small curves but as i said before with some patients and a lot of time you can make a really nice jewellery box for someone special or yourself.


Step 1: Step 1

Items needed

Wood 12 inches x 9 inches (i used Douglas fur)


bandsaw with 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch blades

1/4 thick plywood 12x9

sanding sheets or drum sander dremel tool if you have one

green polymer clay ( to make leaf shapes)

Suede tex flock and glue



Ok ready to start

Step 2: Step 2

To make it things simple i put a black and white photo of design print this and set the size to fit the piece of wood use tape or glue and stick to wood.

Cut back off box 3/4 inch

Main Box

Cut out the outline first

Now cut the band around the box

Now is the time to cut all the individual boxes out, try to stick to the lines on the paper but dont worry to much if it goes over slightly in places as long as is does not cut through the branches.

Take your time

Thats the box shape all done

Step 3: Step 3

For the next part you will need the plywood

Take the tree /branches part of box

place on top of plywood

Draw around wood on plywood so the outline shape in on the plywood

Cut around keeping close to the line this will be glued to the back of tree / branches to make it stand out from box band see photo

Glue plywood to bottom of tree/branches leave to dry

once dry sand the branches rounding edges and slope the ends to meet wit the box band ( i used the dremel for this)

Step 4: Step 4

Line up the back of the box and draw around and cut shapes of box.

Glue back to main box and clamp leave overnight

Step 5: Step 5

Thats the box finished for now next the drawers.

Take one drawer at a time draw lines on wood for front of box and back of box these will be cut first draw guide line for the cut into the draw on the bandsaw with 1/8 inch blade for inner box and 1/4 inch blade for front and back of box. before you cut try each box in draw to make sure its the right way up.

glue draws and clamp

Step 6: Step 6

Now all glued we are ready to decide where we are going to place the leafs.

Put draws in box and place a small piece if masking tape where you want to put leafs

Get polymer clay and soften and make into small leaf shapes make them around 1/4 inch thick as these are draw pulls bake.

Sand seal all wood giving a light sand in between coats i used 3 coats and let it dry in between for about a hour.

I used spray lacquer 3 light coats

Suede tex flock and glue the inside of the box.

glue leafs on drawers

Step 7: Finished

Great thats you all done.

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    46 Discussions

    Oleksandr 2001

    1 year ago

    Great idea and great craftsmanship.


    2 years ago

    This is perhaps one of the most beautiful little "chest of drawers" I have ever laid eyes on! Your inginuity and execution are amazing! Whoever you made this for....I bet they show it off every chance they can get. Have you entered this item into carpentry contests? If not I urge you to do so, this is that good of a project! You must have many years of carpentry experience.


    3 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your support and votes so delighted to be first 3 in the make a box contest. Pam


    3 years ago

    Great idea and great craftsmanship. I have never seen a box like this. A great family tree box that can be handed down and or made for each family member. Good luck in the contest.

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you very much, such a nice comment. I am very delighted to have done so well in the contest and very thankful for all the interest i have had in this box. regards pam


    3 years ago

    I really like your tree. Did you make a template for all the leaves or cut and shape each one individually? I'm assuming the clay is available at hobby stores?

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi i used a small clay cutter to make the shape of the leaf and a the small lines were done with clay knife. Yes the clay came from my local hobby shop the clay is also known as sculpey amazon also sell it. Hope this helps regards pam


    3 years ago

    A new twist on an old box ideal.

    I love it, great gift for any age.

    1 reply
    Eh Lie Us!

    3 years ago

    Wow. that's great. Tell me about your bandsaw. I have a starter Delta that I got 3rd hand but the way it's set up now I don't think it'd cut a stick of warm butter.

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    pharris16Eh Lie Us!

    Reply 3 years ago

    i have 3 bandsaws now all old ones with all the original parts no fancy guide rails. The one i made that box on is a 3 wheel hobby record power with a maximum of 4 inch cut. I cut the back on my dads jet bandsaw as it can cut up to 14 inches. Im in the house at the moment and cant remember the name of my middle bandsaw but its around 15 years old and the biggest bandsaw is a dewalt 1986 very old but got good power when cutting. Check out tune up videos on you tube your bandsaw with new blades should be fine and i really like the old delta bandsaws very easy to get parts for. Good Luck thanks for commenting