Nerd Storage Box

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Project by ADHDan posted 12-14-2015 08:36 PM 2627 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At this point in my life I’m comfortable admitting it: I’m a semi-competitive Magic: the Gathering player. I used to play competitively in sanctioned tournaments, but now I mostly just play in a casual league with a group of friends. One of our friends always hosts, and he and his wife go above and beyond setting up play space and food for a group of 8+ nerds once a month. So, the group chipped in to get him a box of Modern Masters boosters and they commissioned me to build a box to hold our primary cube.

I realize that, for probably 95% of this board, the only recognizable part of the foregoing section is: “I built a box.” So, on to the woodworkting talk. The box is 1/2” baltic birch plywood, veneered with curly maple and trimmed with walnut (which gave me a good excuse to work on my resaw skills). I finished it with two coats of aniline dye and four coats of glossy poly – all of which really accentuated the contrast and popped the figuring. I built in a false bottom – to hold pencil/paper, dice, and other gaming accessories – and built slots for dividers into the sides, to keep cubes/decks/packs separate.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 09:05 PM

HAHA. I ‘m a nerd too.
It is a cool box. I like the slots and the false bottom.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 02:08 AM

Very nice!! BIG Geek here as well!

...REVENGE of the NERDS! :)

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 07:29 AM

Add 3 mana for use of curly maple and walnut :)

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 08:53 AM

thats sweet im a big fan on nerd

-- Patrick's work shop

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 07:25 PM

Nice. Just keep it away from your Nightmare.

I did a similar box recently for my CAH. I took a different approach for keeping partially filled rows upright. Mostly because my row dividers are too thin for a dado.

I’m planning on a few more for my MtG cards and to give to my card-playing friends.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 07:32 PM

That sounds pretty dope – post the CAH box as a project for us to see!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 09:39 PM

How many nerds can you store in that thing??

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 10:56 PM

Cool. This would be great for my son’s Pokemon collection.

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 11:10 PM

Sweet. I need to make a box that will hold my nerds as well!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#10 posted 12-16-2015 01:31 AM

Magic players need a good box for their cards. This one is very nice! I too built one for my Son several years ago. It’s in my project pages if you would like to look. Great job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 12-16-2015 03:33 PM

I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of people at least familiar with M:tG on the board. Thanks everyone for the kind words!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#12 posted 12-16-2015 03:39 PM

Jeff, the box you made looks good too, and I like the use of the old-school Revised Edition (circa 1993-94) lands as decoration.

I started playing shortly after Magic first was released, in the early 1990s. I shudder whenever I think of the day I sold my full set of Moxes, Black Lotus, Ancestral Recall, and Timetwister (never snagged a Time Walk) for about $1,000.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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