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Walnut and Maple Playing Card Box

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Project by Matthew S posted 07-08-2016 07:23 PM 1821 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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MarkStewart

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#1 posted 07-08-2016 07:50 PM

Now that’s a good looking box!
Did you use the table saw or a router for the box joints and divider dados?

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Matthew S

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#2 posted 07-08-2016 07:53 PM

Thanks Mark! Table saw for everything except the top and bottom stopped dados and curve details.

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#3 posted 07-08-2016 09:33 PM

Very nice box. It came out beautiful. You must tell me about autodesk inventor. I use autosketch 10 and have trouble with 3D.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 07-08-2016 09:36 PM

That’s one great looking box and the personal added touch of the name inside is perfect. Only your second time using box joints eh? Wow good job – and welcome to LJ.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 07-09-2016 01:15 AM

Fantastic.

-- just rjR

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 07-09-2016 01:31 AM

Would you mind if we use a photo of your project in the upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal? We’ll link it directly to this product page so you get full credit. Let me know ASAP! Thanks!

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Matthew S

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#7 posted 07-09-2016 02:44 AM



Would you mind if we use a photo of your project in the upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal? We ll link it directly to this product page so you get full credit. Let me know ASAP! Thanks!

- StumpyNubs

Hey StumpyNubs,

Yeah sounds good to me! Love your YouTube channel.

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Matthew S

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#8 posted 07-09-2016 02:47 AM



Very nice box. It came out beautiful. You must tell me about autodesk inventor. I use autosketch 10 and have trouble with 3D.

- jeffswildwood

Hey Jeff,

Unfortunately, Inventor is fairly expensive software. Last time I heard it was about $6-8k per license. Autodesk 123D is great free modeling software that is fairly similar to it, though!

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 07-09-2016 11:48 AM

Matthew, you have done a wonderful job on this playing card box. It’s a nice design and so well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 07-09-2016 05:03 PM

Matthew, what a nice job. Your wood choices and removable dividers show good thinking. The transfer inside is a nice touch as well. The arched bottom adds eye appeal and is well done. Cutting the lid low enough to allow easy access to the decks means that it functions well. You use of technology to work through these various design elements works very well for you.

I posted some card boxes as well. They are done in my typical style. Just as a way of sharing ideas you might want to click on this one or this version. The corner splines and corner angles are cut on a table saw using a home made jig. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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