|Project by Matthew S||posted 07-08-2016 07:23 PM||1742 views||9 times favorited||10 comments|
Hi LumberJocks, my name is Matt and this is my first post here! This was a Christmas gift for my grandparents. They are the type of people that are hard to buy for, so you have to make it a very personal gift every time. They love playing cards and typically keep their decks in a Tupperware container. I decided to try my hand at box making for the first time and make them a playing card box.
As with most of my projects, this started out with a 3D model. I do my designs in Autodesk Inventor. I’m lucky enough to use it at work and get a free home copy.
The walnut was locally sourced slab. The grain is continuous around the perimeter of the box. This was my second time using box joints; they turned out ok. The maple top and plywood bottom sit in stopped dados. I decided to try a raised panel for the top, which worked surprisingly well. The maple dividers are removable just in case they wanted to use the box for a different purpose. The text on the underside of the lid was a laser print iron transfer. The box was finished with danish oil.
If I could do it over again I would have cut test pieces for the box joints and used better hinges.
My grandparents were quite pleased with the box. As a matter of fact, my grandma was unable to convince my grandpa that I made it. It took me telling him over the phone for him to believe it (since I am relatively new to woodworking). Hope you liked the build!