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Close Up Pad made exclusively for the Magic Apple Store in Studio City CA

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Project by Markn1975 posted 05-17-2014 04:57 PM 2574 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was talking with my good friend Brent Geri’s, (owner if the Magic Apple Store in Studio City CA), he was telling me about how magicians use a felt pad to show card tricks on. Whilst chatting we got to thinking that maybe we could make a more attractive version out of wood that had a few more features. The more we talked, the more we realized hat such a thing doesn’t exist. Over the next few weeks we fine tuned our design. I came up with a CAD drawing and made the first one. Now were taking advance orders in the run up to Father’s Day and were already thinking if other products his customers in the shop might like to have custom made.

-- Mark Newton. Los Angeles. http://www.newtonwoodcraft.com





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DaleHunt

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 07:06 PM

A design suggestion for you …. You could turn this into a multi-function piece very easily. It could be used as a laptop lap desk. The felt cussion could be set on a lap. I would suggest adding an extension to the base that could be lifted and sat at an angle. This tilt function would be perfect for an iPad or laptop. You would however need to add a small strip at the bottom of the tilt so that the iPad doesn’t slide off. Nice project. It looks great as is.

-- Dale

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 05:12 AM

Mark, I like the design and concept.

I have some suggestions you might consider to make production work easier. Make your sides out of a single piece that is rounded at the top. Put a 1/4 inch groove in the top and bottom of the sides for the top and bottom of your box. You could add splines at the corners. I prefer rounded corners.

The problem with this method is the drawer fronts. You could cut these out with a small router bit or perhaps let the fronts extend to the top of the sides. At any rate, the fronts should be cut away before you put the box together.

When I made this box I found that letting the drawers run the full length of the box and putting a runner at the TOP of the drawer for the back to rub against meant that the drawer didn’t tip as I pulled it out. Of course you need to put a board across the drawer some place to sort of artificially end the drawer at the length of your book or decks of cards. You can look at the box on the link and get the general idea.

I think you have a neat concept. It might look about as nice and work better for the card tricks if you put a square of stick down carpeting in the frame of the top instead of the pillow. It would give you a more firm surface to work the cards on.

Could you work in a handle on the drawer front side to make carrying easier?

I don’t mean to be critical, what you have is beautiful and works just fine. It is a well thought out design and keeps everything in one place. That is the kind of thing boxes do well. I just thought I’d share some other ideas to give you options to consider. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Markn1975

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 07:18 AM

Thanks for the feedback Dale. You’ve given me plenty to think about for perhaps another project.

-- Mark Newton. Los Angeles. http://www.newtonwoodcraft.com

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Markn1975

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 07:24 AM

Big Al in IN – I think you just saved me a load of time. You’re absolutely right about the sides and rebating them to accept the top and bottom.

It’s funny how you design these things and visualize building them but there can be much simpler ways if you just take a step back and think first.

Thanks for your thoughts, they are much appreciated. I took a look at yours too… Very nice, very nice indeed.

Keep up the good work Al :-)

-- Mark Newton. Los Angeles. http://www.newtonwoodcraft.com

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 12:25 PM

Nice project.

Seems you’re open to ideas, so how ‘bout making the drawers a bit more “hidden”? Use “push to open, push to close” spring loaded latches. Push the drawer face and the drawer pops open just a bit, allowing the user to then pull it out. You’d lose a bit of depth, but the “coolness factor” of the drawer mechanism would overpower that for most guys.

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 05-19-2014 06:25 AM

Mark, you might also save time by making just one larger drawer for both book and cards with an internal divider.

-- Big Al in IN

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Markn1975

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#7 posted 05-19-2014 02:19 PM

Joeinga. I’ve been re-designing the piece with spring loaded drawers in mind, I love the idea but for drawers this small, I’ve had a terrible time trying to find keeps small enough. I literally only found 1. Sugatsune.com have a non magnetic mini touch latch but the minimum order is 1000. Any ideas?

-- Mark Newton. Los Angeles. http://www.newtonwoodcraft.com

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 05-20-2014 08:41 PM

Maybe the magnetic “push to open, push to close” latches used on glass cabinet doors? I remember we sold them when I worked at Home Depot but I dont remember how small the smallest size was (depth-wise) Check both Lowes or HD.

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JoeinGa

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#9 posted 05-20-2014 08:47 PM

Here’s another idea … I dont have a way to draw anything so I’ll try to describe best I can.

Years ago I had a cabinet that had spring loaded drawers. There was 2 small springs behind each drawer. To open you had to push in with your fingers and at the same time LIFT UP on the drawer face. To close you pushed the drawer all the way in and pushed DOWN on the face of the drawer. When you let go the drawer moved outward ever-so-slightly and engaged the bottom edge of the drawer carcass.

If you can picture a French cleat type of “hook”. When you pushed in and down on the drawer you were engaging the 2 beveled edges (French cleat halves)

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Markn1975

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#10 posted 05-21-2014 03:01 AM

Hi Jo, I think magnets may well be the way to go.

-- Mark Newton. Los Angeles. http://www.newtonwoodcraft.com

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