Super simple box design to test an idea i’ve had for awhile. I wanted to have hidden tabs for a box but not have to use multiple layers of material.
After preforming an engrave test i was able to measure the depth for the design.
I then designed the box with a slot channel for the engrave. I made it around .006" narrower than my material to have a nice press fit. I also made a simple engrave file for grip holes in the lid by splitting a circle in inkscape and applying a fade to the fill. I then exported as a png and imported it back to the original spot. (im sure there is an easier way, thats just the way i found to do it with trial and error)
after the engrave was completed it was simple to assebel the box just a lil bit of glue and no sanding.
my clamps being used on another project I improvised with some tape
I forgot to leave a little extra room for the lid so it could slide so i sanded it down slightly and it worked out great.
After it was all glued and cleaned up i used my original cut files to create some cut files for the construction paper.
After applying some spray adhesive to the back it was easy to line the box for a little better look. I also sanded down the edges to expose the plywood structure, in hind sight this would have been easier to do before the box was glued up.
In the end engraving the slots was not very practical as making some tabs would have taken a fraction of the time but glad i was able to prove the concept to myself and have some fun learning new skills. Not including engrave/ cut time the whole project took about 30 mins. Thx for your time