Sitting lid box

I have been in awe of the designers and people on here who have been so helpful. I’m using Inkscape now and at least i know how to do a few things. i do a lot of photography and photoshop has always been my ‘tool’ and i feel very comfortable with it…but i’ll learn. I try to pick one thing a year to really learn. This one will be my task for at least 2 years to get it where i’m comfortable with it. Thanks for the encouragement! It’s helpful!


“I thought @crkjelstrom made it up”

Reminded me of this;


:slight_smile: you never know when you will invent a new word!


You didn’t specify depth so I made it 7" deep as well:

Gets you:

Gets you:

(In Inkscape) take the top, and the top edges of one of the 1st image, and copy that into the 2nd image. Then delete the top, and the top edges of one of the 2nd image and paste the parts you stole from the 1st set. Once they’re lined up you can do a Path > Combine and they’ll glue themselves together giving you something with the single large tab on the top, but lots of small tabs everywhere else.

See if that gets you started :slight_smile:


Thanks, i’ll give this a try right now!!

1 Like

Big surprise, i have questions:-). My edited file now has the five sides/top, one of which is from the first set, the rest from the second set. i clicked on one of the long sides from the second set thinking it would break down to small chunks and i would highlight the whole row of finger joints and delete, however it doesn’t break apart when i click on ungroup…multiple times. How do i delete the top edge…and, do i need to delete the top edge of all the pieces that will be on the top part of the box the lid sets on? Once i get the top ‘off’, i just align them and combine?

thank you!!

As soon as this episode is done, I’ll make a write up for you if you like!

i would love that:-) I have a few things i’d like to make and i need to make sure i understand it. Everyone has a bit different thoughts and hearing all of them helps too!

If you want to get started messing around visit and start testing things there.

Set the length/width/height you want based on inside or outside measurements. I usually do the inside measurement.

Set your thickness of wood from the drop down menu. I used 1/8" approximate (since it’s really 3mm)

Select finger joints.

Click download box plans.

In Line Formatting, set cut line width to .001.

In Kerf/Corner Compensation, set the Kerf option to .003
Screen Shot 2020-11-06 at 6.48.36 PM

Save the box plans SVG.

Open that SVG in your editor of choice (Illustrator is what I use).

Ungroup the SVG.

Start your work with the TOP (also known as the lid, haha). Delete all the nodes like these, being sure to leave the corners. Then you’ll connect the corners with just the pen tool.

This is what your lid should look like right now.

Object > Path > Offset path > -.012 in (if your file is in Pixels, that’s fine, just type -.012 in and it will convert. or set your document settings to Inches)

Click OK. Delete the outer outline. You don’t need that now. Now your box will sit nicely inside the slots but not be too tight. Now you need to fix the sides.

Luckily sides come in pairs. Delete one set of length and one set of depth sides. On the remaining length/depth sides, delete the inner nodes like you did the lid. Don’t forget to use your pen to connect the corners again.

Copy the sides so you have two of each. And you’re done! Don’t forget to remove the side labelling and put in your own pretty pictures.

After you test it out yourself, you can download the box I made here (right click, save as SVG)


My husband didn’t want me to type this up because he worries about too many people using my style of boxes and then they aren’t special. But really anybody could figure them out if they try. I just happen to have had time to have done this design, and I am pretty sure I was not the first person to do it, I just may use it the most. I am glad that people have been using my boxes from my original thread to make cool gifts for others!


Well they are very special. Okay, i have the box downloaded then you told me to set the line formatting…where in the world do i find that? :slight_smile: I’ve clicked through most of the options…and believe it or not, i’ve watched a few inkscape videos!

oh good grief, never mind, i see it:-)

1 Like

so i have it downloaded after doing all the above. when i open the file, it appears the boxes are there but i can’t get them visible. i have changed the stroke color etc…haven’t had this issue before…what have i done wrong?

Change the stroke width - third or fourth tab within the same area you changed the colour.

1 Like

Thanks, i guess 3 pixels wasn’t too bright :roll_eyes:

1 Like

So when i delete the nodes, i then used the bezier pen and connected the two nodes. is it supposed to create basically a new line? It looks like each of the lines i added are ‘new’. i know i can group them together but i want to be sure i’m doing it right. Also, there’s no 'outer outline (I haven’t done the offset yet). Okay so far?

in inkscape there is a dynamic offset and a linked offset under ‘path’ when i click on each of them, i don’t see where i have the option to enter a value… i have combined the above screenshot.

So another option is to just use the pen- (in Illustrator there is pen, pen+, pen- and anchor manager thingy) and remove the nodes instead of delete. IDK how inkscape works. This way you’re not deleting anything you’re just removing the extra nodes/anchors. Sorry fam, I’ve done as much as I can. I don’t know inkscape at all so I can’t help you, but maybe someone else can. Part of it is also just keep messing with it.

I’ll keep messing with it and i really appreciate what you’ve done. i have the idea and i’ll work on it from here. Thank you so much!!

1 Like

You would use the node editing mode and tools, specifically selecting and deleting the unwanted nodes (just draw a select box around them), and using the join and delete segment “between selected nodes” tools. You can also use the bezier tool to draw straight lines between nodes - it will snap each end to an existing node, then you can join those as well to make a single path (makes cutting cleaner.)

It takes a little playing around, but you can always hit Undo (⌘-Z) until you get it right.