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Forum topic by Scootles posted 06-16-2013 09:41 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2013 09:41 PM

I’m new to woodworking and I’m looking for some input on how thick to make the walls of a carrying case I’m making for my girlfriend. The box is going to be roughly w16” d10” h10”. The items going inside of it are going to be things like scissors, hair clippers, a water bottle. I can’t imagine all that would weigh more than 10lbs. I’d love to do a decorative design like Maple with walnut inlays but I’m am open to advice on what to do. I don’t know what would make the wood durable enough to have a handle on top and not give out on her. I’m definitely open to seeing some designs by you guys for it if anyone has ever done something like this.

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 10:37 PM

The archery case I made weighs ~8 lbs. empty:

1/2” red oak craft boards, 1/8” plywood sides.

Handle is screwed through the side into a block of wood.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 10:49 PM

Looks great Will. I have a few questions though. She’d be using this on a daily basis so how would I protect the edges of the box that are going to be opened/closed all the time? Some sort of aluminum/brass rail on the edges?

I googled it but couldn’t really find a solution.

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 11:49 PM

This one only weighs a pound or two and would easily carry ten.
It is smaller but the concept would work fine.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 10:42 AM

I later added corner protectors from D Lawless Hardware—- for the balance, I rely on being careful, red oad being cheap, and the finish, since it’s lacquer, being repairable.

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