Thickness of material ??

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Forum topic by zwwizard posted 03-28-2010 05:34 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2010 05:34 PM

I was wondering if there is any guide lines for the thickness of the wood for boxes? I have made 100’s of boxes and the question still come up on how thick to make the side. You made them to thin and you can’t find hardware for them, and you make them to thick and they look clunky (in my opinion anyway).

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 06:13 PM

Research the hardware you intend to use. It’s easier. Material thickness is more up to you then it is to have a industry standard.

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 07:11 PM

It’s all in how they look and what they say to you but i think the best sizes would be between 1/4-3/4” but it all depends on the L,W,H of the box.

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 07:55 PM

Thinner the better. Most boxes look chunky with the lid open. Have you noticed that?

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 10:15 PM

If I make a box smaller than 12×6 inches I like the sides to be 3/8 thick and use those pin hinges. (the ones that you have to drill a 5mm hole and a 45degree cut on the lid and back) The lid has to be a little thicker 1/2 or 9/16 thick. imo

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