Been making pin boxes to show off on my Kickstarter. Itty bitty box at 2.5x2.5x.75 inches inner dimensions. It’ll perfectly fit one pin and backing card! The Eevee is the classic drawing but I did do it myself so it could be a vector file.
i’ve gravitated more to the “two piece box” style from boxes.py, but they’re not quite as simple. i like the idea for a different option sometimes. and this works better than the second piece of wood that glues on as an inset.
in the two piece box page, you can click on the arrow by settings for finger joints and experiment away with finger sizes, space between fingers, surrounding spaces… and then once i got it in illustrator, i just deleted some to make the on/off pattern of 1/3/1 and connected the lines where i deleted.
i think a lot of people use box makers with default settings and finger joints are a huge part of how you can design a box to be a little more interesting.
Thank you, I have made a bunch of tiny boxes like that and have been wondering what to call them. Many of mine are poplar or oak 1/4" thick and deep carved. I found neo magnets 3 mm and 1.8 mm x 0 .8 mm that I can embed in the lids. Often the boxes can be held together very tightly but they can also come apart so I use glue very lightly even in those.
Well these are specifically meant for the pins I’m trying to get funded. What about keepsake boxes? Jewelry box? I have a small box meant specifically for a single set of jewelry I received from my Gramma a long time ago.
I used to feel this way, as well. I found that the tighter I made it the more difficult it was to assemble, and in some cases led to damage or even breakage in the final piece. Nowadays I go with a snug fit (0.005 or maybe 0.006” Kerf adjustment) with very accurate glue placement using small needle tipped bottles. Assembly is so much easier, and because I have precise control over the glue it doesn’t lead to a lot of cleanup.
If I were doing 40 boxes, I would absolutely go to Using glue, because assembling tight finger joints is painstaking.
Here are the bottles I use. I’m still on my first one, I periodically use a thin wire to clean the nozzle but other than that no issues at all.
Awesome, glad it’s working well for you. If you ever work at a larger scale or move away from plywoods your tune might change. Hardwoods will snap across the grain pretty easily. Cross that bridge when you come to it!
It hasn’t been an issue in the past for my friends who have done these types of things, they’ve been able to use images as an additional thing as long as they are clear they are selling their own design and not the other ones. What I’m really getting funding for are the pins anyway, the boxes are just additional, and the engraving on the box is just a thing that’s there. I hope that makes sense xD