Scratch Paper Boxes

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Project by Howard posted 09-16-2015 08:46 PM 1421 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For consideration of the members that make Pens, Business card holders and other desk top accessories. When I ran my business I was always searching for paper to write notes on. Then I noticed that we were throwing away tons of copy paper (81/2” X 11”) every week that was only used on one side.
So I developed a scratch paper box that holds 1/4 of a sheet of paper. I started with just plain wood, then went to painted to match the office it was used in, then added pictures with a theme that was of interest to the employee using the box. I have created almost 100 boxes over the past 20 years. They are constructed with 1/4” Maple faced plywood purchased from Menards. I have included one that I use in my kitchen and one that I use in my garage.
Note: I was covering the finished box with paint and/or pictures so I didn’t take the time to create mitered corners…. your decision regarding the final build & look.
Of course if you are making business card holders you would want to match the wood for both items. This ended up being a forerunner of the current “Green” movement. Reusing paper that was going into the garbage. If there is an interest among the Members… I would be happy to created a blog with details of sizes so you don’t have to re-invent the entire process. Hope this idea can make somebody a little money. If cut properly you can make 48 boxes out of one sheet of 4’ X 8’ Maple plywood.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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#1 posted 09-17-2015 01:47 AM

That’s a great idea. Useful, practical and ecological all in one. Yes I would think a blog post would be good.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 09-17-2015 02:52 AM

You finally did it. I have been looking for something like this for some time and now you have given me the inspiration. These are really nice and the special treatments for finish can make usable for any room.

I would think that Rubbermaid or Tuperware would have made something like this with all of the PC and home printers. I am going make some of these flip covers for computer paper, photo paper, and scrap paper.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 03:31 AM

Yeah, that’s it. I’ve been trying to think of a box something like this. Now I’ve got an example. Thanks !

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#4 posted 09-18-2015 02:50 PM

Yes please on the blog post!!!!

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#5 posted 09-18-2015 05:26 PM

Okay guys… I created a Blog with the info …. looking forward to the Members here creating some beautiful boxes to sell or give away.

-- Life Member of: USA + NRA + USMC = Semper Fi to all three.

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