The hard to open box

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Project by KENVO posted 12-27-2013 04:49 AM 2113 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was commissioned by my oldest brother as a gift box for his daughter’s boyfriend. The boyfriend has given my brother a few gifts that were wrapped in ways that made them very hard to open. So my brother wanted a little revenge. He asked me to build a box to house the gift of a new pistol. Dimensions were 12×16”. I made it from a 4/4 pine shipping crate that I liberated from the trash pile at work. I dadoed a 1/2” bottom into the sides and mitered the corners, then added screws and glue. The bottom got brads every inch to make this box unbreakable. I added a 1/2” top that I screwed every 1 1/2”. Once the gift was inside we put epoxy in a couple screw heads just to top it off. Funny thing, the boyfriend gave my brother a gift in a wooden box that was nailed and jb welded together. They both got a kick out of it and I think a new tradition has been born for the both of them.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 05:44 AM

As an older brother whose life mission is to annoy his two younger sisters (now 42 and 38) into therapy this is a Godsend of an idea.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:36 PM


-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:01 PM

Love it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 02:19 PM

I would be afraid once opened the giver might be shot….ha. Good fun!

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 02:20 PM

I love it!

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 02:41 PM

Great idea.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 02:48 PM

Good idea.

Better start planning for next year.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 03:45 PM

One year my parents gave me a tv. The wrapped gift was the remote control. Actual dimesions maybe 3”x2”. When my dad got done with the duct tape the package was well over a foot long!

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 04:08 PM

In other words all he did for Christmas was to spend all day opening the one gift. That’s very clever. You might say that it kept him out of trouble all day. However, I bet the pistol was worth it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 12-28-2013 12:28 AM

A fun way to give a gift. Another great variation I have seen on this theme is to use a multitude of different screws, so that you need a complete tool set to open it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 01:48 AM

Awesome! I see a welding job coming up for next Christmas

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 12-29-2013 04:33 AM

Agreed hoss12992—next year—welded!

I’m glad I did not receive one of these this year. ;-)

-- --bch

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#13 posted 12-30-2013 06:21 PM

Thanks everyone. It was mischievously fun to to build a gift like this. I’ve already started thinking about next year.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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