|Forum topic by jmartel||posted 58 days ago||2152 views||5 times favorited||98 replies|
58 days ago
SEND ME A PM BY JULY 31st TO SIGN UP
I brought this up in the Mallet swap thread, but I think the next swap should be a box swap. Since the majority of the swaps have been tools, I figured that we could use a swap where we USE the tools that everyone has received in the previous swaps.
A box is a good item to swap because there are many many variations. You can do square boxes, turned boxes, bandsaw boxes, shaker boxes, dresser valets, etc. There are a ton of different joinery options to use as well such as dovetails, box joints, finger joints, miter joints, splined joints, rabbet joints, pinned joints, butt joints, etc. Additionally, they don’t use a ton of wood, so it is fairly inexpensive to make.
Requirements: The box and packaging for the box should fit inside a USPS Large Flat Rate box, which measures 12×12x5.5” inside. So, plan on a maximum size of roughly 10”x10”x4” to give you some room for packaging. You don’t have to use USPS, but it’s a good general guideline.
Cost: I don’t see this being a problem, but try to keep it under $75. The majority of the cost will likely be hardware if you decide to not make wooden hinges.
Design: Feel free to do whatever you like. Add drawers, add drop in trays, add locks, add dividers, add flocking/felt to the inside, etc. Whatever you like. Make it something decorative for inside the home, or something practical for storing shop tools.
Timeline: Sign up by sending me a Private Message by July 31st, please include your real name and address. This is based off of a recommendation from terry about how much spam he received at the LJswap gmail account from posting it here. Additionally, that will prevent junk filters from taking someone’s email away before the organizer can look at it.
A photo of the completed box should be sent to me by October 1st. Since you cannot send photos through PM’s, I will give you a personal email address beforehand that you can provide photos to. 3 months should be plenty of time to make a box. Once I receive a completed photo, I will assign names. All boxes should be mailed by October 7th.
Additionally, in the previous swaps for tools, people have also sent various other homemade items, local things, scraps of wood, and other random things. Not a requirement, but others have done so in the past so it may be worth doing.
If you need insparation, there are thousands of boxes on this site in the project section.