Boxguy Builds a Two-Holer

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Project by Boxguy posted 05-17-2012 03:57 AM 2193 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, not that kind of two-holer, campers! Look at the second picture. This is just the project for all of those very small scraps of very beautiful wood your wife thinks you should just throw away. Pictured is a box that will hold two decks of cards and a pencil or pen. (Sorry I didn’t think to take a picture of this with the lid closed before it left the shop.)

The key to making this design work is the two holes in the bottom. (In the second shot I put a blue card under the holes to make them stand out a little better.) These two holes allow you to remove the whole tightly-fitting card deck easily…you just poke all the cards up and out with your finger.

The center divider is inset in the tray for the pencil holder, then holder and divider are both glued in place. You could further simplify the design, but I used mitered corners, corner splines, a dadoed-in bottom, and mortised hinges. The top and splines are figured Movingui and the sides are Macore.

These sold well, but I can’t make them like I want to make them and also show much of a profit. There is only so much money that people will pay for a box that holds two decks of cards no matter how nicely that box is made. I often make 3 or 4 of these card-deck-holding boxes around Christmas time and give them away as presents. This makes a quick skill-building project for a weekend. If you can make these, you can up-grade to any size of box.

As always, thanks for looking and an even greater thanks for taking time to add comments and suggestions.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 05:38 AM

even greater thanks for taking time to add comments and suggestions

Comment: Looks great!

Suggestion: I think it would look even better with smaller hinges.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 06:08 AM

Beautiful box indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 08:36 AM

love that quilted macore, great job

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 08:50 AM

Nice work, great looking wood as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 11:24 AM

Very nifty. I believe there is no scraps in wood

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 10:07 PM

I need one of these for my UNO cards. Beautiful wood. Nice job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 10:10 PM

I like it!


-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 01:18 AM

A clever design and some beautiful woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 03:36 PM

Lovely little box. I can sympathize with anyone who has tried to make a buck selling boxes. Few people here in the states seem to value special boxes. And that, is a shame.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 09:11 AM

Great look and function.

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