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post #1 of 6 Old 12-31-2015, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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making a box with thin wood

I'm making a box for 100 magic cards in thin sleeves.

I want to use thin wood to keep the depth as small as possible so the box can fit in my pocket.

I don't mind if the box is wide or tall however, so in those areas I think I can use thicker wood to add some strength.

I've attached a sketch and prototype pic.

I've never done wood working before and the only tools I have are a wood saw, wood file, wood glue, clamps, and a moto tool.

My questions are:

1) Can you think of a better design?

2) What kind of wood should I use for the thin part? Is 1/8th of an inch thick enough to not break?

3) What kind of join should I use to join the thin wood to the thick wood?

4) I was thinking of using the same thick wood on the bottom of the box. What kind of join should I use on that? I have no idea how to cut a 45 % angle for a miter join...

5) Will I need a new tool for the sliding lid? I'm not sure how to cut it...

6) Is there anything I should read about woodworking before I get started?

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-01-2016, 04:02 AM
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Take a look in the hardware store at what is called "door-skin". Usually a rotary cut veneer of 3 plys of mahogany, used to make interior doors in houses for strange sizes like closet doors.

With 1/2" "drawer-side" for the sides, I've used door skin to make some wood carving tool boxes that turned out better than I expected.
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If you have a planer, plane down some Purple Heart. It should be really strong at 1/16" . The problem you'll have is trying to glue it up.
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Hmm... Since it's so small and you're new to woodworking, and you have a need for thin wood, I'd be tempted to use plywood from your local hobby shop. You can get as thin 1/64" plywood (too thin for what you need to do probably) but you can get it in small quantities and experiment a bit. This will allow you to "fine tune" your design as well to find what works best for your skill level.


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I second heading to the hobby store for their thin ply. Possibly make the sides a bit thicker so you have more surface to glue to.

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I always try to avoid using hinges but you could always do that if you don't feel comfortable making the sliding door.
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