"Magic" Box

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Project by gashley posted 01-11-2015 11:44 PM 1610 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box over Xmas weekend with one of my sons. He’s really into the card game called “Magic – The Gathering” and wanted something to store one of his card decks in that he uses in tournaments.

We came up with this design that features some of the “element” symbols that are part of the game and represent the different colors that appear on the cards.

The box is basically a small 6 sided box out of 1/4” cherry with 2” holes drilled in 5 of the sides. We added some cocobolo splines to the corners for a little extra reinforcement. After the box was glued up, we cut the box in half at a 10 degree angle on the bandsaw. Then we lined the sides and top with different color veneered maple for an inner sleeve and to serve as the background for the symbols. The sleeve has 2 small rare earth magnets that mate with metal washers recessed in the lid. The friction of the maple sleeve and the 2 magnets is enough to hold the top on securely.

The symbols are 1/8” padauk that were cut out on the scroll saw and then glued to the color sleeve backings and centered in the hole.

Several coats of varnish on the exterior and some wax on the inside finished it off. Was a fun little project and my son loves showing it off at tournaments when he plays.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 04:56 AM

I used to play that game. Great box.

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 01:06 PM

It’s realy magic. Awsome joinery and side/top scrolled details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 02:43 AM

I believe you scored a lot of magic points with this well crafted piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-15-2015 05:09 AM

Gary, this is a thoughtful design. It looks like the two of you had way too much fun on this…at least I hope so. This shows a nice range of skills: design, scroll work, finish work, innovation with magnets, splines, interest with the top border accent, reinforced joinery, mitering, clamping, and routing. This seemingly simple design took a lot of work and thinking to get the details right. Nice work. I like your attention to details like matching the grain on the corners and avoiding end grain exposure. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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