MTG deck box done fancy style

I AM DECK BOX.

OK quick and dirty post.

I made a MTG deck box out of bubinga. I stole some design cues about fingerjoints from @geek2nurse, but other than that it’s a fairly standard box, except for the closure system.

I elected to go with a snap-on leather retention belt.

Things to look out for which I may or may not have screwed up:

  • Get the inner dimensions correct. Don’t waste materials on too-small boxes.
  • Be careful of glue squeeze-out on the inside corners. It’ll get in the way if your box is fairly precise.
  • Set your rivets accurately. They want to bend to a side, so make your holes in the side of the boxes accurate and tight, and set the rivets ramrod straight.
  • I used satin wipe-on polyurethane instead of my usual oils, seemed like it would ruin cards if there were oil in the inside.

Other notes:

  • Bubinga is a bear to cut, you’ll have to hit it pretty hard. As such, expect your kerf to be a bit wider than usual, if kerf correcting (which I’m sure you are, because craft. We’re not animals here.)
  • Cutting your leather retention strap to the exact length needed is almost impossible to calculate. it has to do with how well your leather bends, the exact thickness of your material, how you sand corners, etc. I built the box first, then cut thin strips of leather to get a fit dialed in before I cut the final belt. I went a little short on purpose and rely on the natural stretchiness of leather to hold things together really solidly. (This technique was basically what I used on the D&D calendar too, but with an easier belt design that didn’t require as many precise metal fittings.)

Anyway, cheers. At its core, it’s just an engraved box, so without further ado:

A quick note about the rivets. I engraved slight recesses on the outside panels of the boxes to accept the “male” fittings, so that they would be flush to the box surface. The effect is that they look more integrated if they are just flat on top of the surface. On the inside, I had to take a drill and grind away some material around the lip of the hole, to allow for the little conical aspect of the post fitting. If this doesn’t make sense to you, it will once you try it. I could have flipped and done a second 3d engrave to remove some material, but a drill with a really big bit got the job done in about 10 seconds. The right tool for the job is key, and shockingly that is sometimes not a laser.


Bubinga, cowhide, brass fittings


Bubinga, cowhide, brass fittings


Bubinga, cowhide, brass fittings


Bubinga, cowhide, brass fittings


Bubinga, cowhide, brass fittings

A gift for a relative, it’ll be off to its new forever home soon enough.

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I couldn’t resist clicking on a title like that.

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If you don’t have it, you should get the Google Photos app on your phone - it’s great for free cloud storage. I take/edit photos on my phone and Google photos throws them in the cloud so I can download them into my computer, or vice versa. Looking forward to the write up, that button through the wood is sweet!

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You say that like it’s something new. :rofl:

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Thanks. Actually that does deserve a little write up. I’ll go edit the post and fill in some details.

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Such a beautiful result. Thanks for the pics and write up.

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Nice work! That wood lit up nicely with the finish. :sunglasses:

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That bubinga is lovely stuff; I’ve never heard of it before. I do really like those artistic finger joints. The whole piece is really gorgeous!

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I think even the great grandchildren of the relative will treasure that box long after they ask “what is MTG?” hopefully not “What is Bubinga?”

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Great work and write up.

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That is gorgeous. And I love how I accidentally started a whole new finger joint spacing design thing by simply being too lazy to want to do the math and make the necessary adjustments to put them all the way across. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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See based on your view point, deck box means different things. I was thinking the large rubbermaid box I have out on my deck, and couldn’t figure out what you’d do to that to make it “fancy” (I mean it’s a coffin sized box that holds lots of stuff. on my deck…)

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I thought you just took out the extras & flattened across the tops. That was how I was planning to do it :slightly_smiling_face:

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Great design! I’m out of likes so…

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Bubinga! Such a beauty!

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