Box for holding trading cards

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Project by William Shelley posted 05-20-2014 07:12 AM 2010 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to hold Magic: The Gathering trading cards (another hobby of mine, and a huge competitor with woodworking when it comes to allocating ‘spending money’) ... This was made in my dad’s shop using some stuff he had left over from a job. Finished with several coats of brushed on poly. The felt is self-adhesive stuff from Michael’s or similar.

This was my first experience with Soss hinges and I will say they were not the easiest things to install for a beginner. But people that handle the box in-person make positive comments about them, so I guess it was a good choice.

There are also some errors (gaps) with the walnut trim wrapping around the edge. I suppose I could attempt to color-match some putty or epoxy to fill them if it bothers me sometime.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 11:56 AM

Well done box. I bet it gets pretty heavy when it is full.

With your interest in the Magic cards, you might be interested in a card box I created specifically for these cards. You see, a customer of mine plays this game too and ordered some of my double card boxes but found out they were just a hair too small for two full decks of cards. So, he sent me the dimensions needed and I had them made to now hold two complete decks! He carves the boxes and sells them to other players.
Anyway, if you’re interested, here’s where they are found –

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 03:43 PM

Nice. I have a back-pack fulll of MtG cards. No one to play against at the moment.

I have been thinking about making something for my Cards Against Humanity….

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 04:47 PM

clearly you should decopage a Black Lotus on the lid…

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 06:23 PM

So nice! I have been using those cardboard boxes for mine for years. Never even thought about giving them a nicer home, although I’d need to make a bunch of boxes to hold them all. I am a high school math teacher, and another fellow and I run an MTG club in school Friday afternoons. We usually get between 5 and 15 students who show up for a couple hours. We have run drafts before which are a lot of fun to do with the students.
Favorited for sure. Thanks for sharing this great project.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 07:10 PM

I too used the cardboard boxes for the longest time, but I got frustrated with A) their tacky looks, and B) the dividers were flimsy and would move around enough to allow cards to get pinched or otherwise mis-aligned, causing damage when the lid was closed or if the box was moved around.

One thing to be careful of is that the rows for cards should be large enough to accommodate sleeved cards which are slightly wider. The standard collectible card size is 2.5” wide and 3.5” tall, but sleeves will add 1/8 to 3/16 to these numbers, if not more.

If I make another box for card storage, I will probably go larger. Yes, it will probably be very heavy, but I would like something with several drawers for better organization opportunities. I will never get all of my cards into wood boxes though, I have around 30,000 to 35,000 cards total and most of them are not valuable enough to warrant spending the effort on.

@Marty – Those look like nice deck boxes. I might try something similar to that too.

@LiveEdge – I’ve thought about laser printing onto veneer, as I have a Xerox unit that is supposed to be able to do that, but have not got around to trying it yet.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 04:41 PM

I meant using a real card. :)

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