Sliding Top Card Deck Box for Party Games

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Project by WMD2006 posted 02-17-2021 07:46 PM 1584 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Similar to my earlier single-deck card box, this one is sized to fit 2×14” stacks of 2.5×3.5” cards, specifically requested for a collection of Cards Against Humanity and some expansions.

The sides for both the box and lid were resawn from 3/4” walnut, flattened on a drum sander and given box joints with the Incra table saw jig. The ends had some flaring which required careful sanding to have everything fit correctly.

The bottom was made from a bunch of cutoffs from various projects with the grain arranged to keep them flat. This was likewise sanded down to 1/2” to keep the weight manageable. I also noticed there was a substantial crack in the one center piece, so I reinforced it with a freehand-cut butterfly.

The ends got both a finger slot and a 1” hole which both helps to vent air when lifting away the top, and makes a cool accent to the burned-in date/signature.

Finish was with dark walnut stain plus seal-a-cell, with a top coat of Ren Wax on the mating surfaces.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 02-18-2021 01:18 AM

That is really cool, beautiful too. Great craftsmanship and finish. Very nice….....

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-18-2021 01:51 AM

Great job man! Good lookin’ piece of work!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 02-18-2021 02:39 AM

Dry nicely done. I love the design of this box. Great job!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 02-18-2021 10:13 AM


That is awesome! Seal-a-cell? Can you tell me more about that? OK I looked it up. Why do you like it?

-- Petey

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#5 posted 02-18-2021 01:46 PM


That is awesome! Seal-a-cell? Can you tell me more about that? OK I looked it up. Why do you like it?

- Peteybadboy

To be honest, it was my first time using Seal-a-Cell. I had gone through Woodcraft a few months ago to get some different finishes and see how they worked; I thought Seal-a-Cell was more like Arm-a-Seal, a tougher wipe-on poly/oil blend, but instead it ended up being more penetrative which gave a very even shine without getting all caked up.
This didn’t help as much with hiding the imperfections in the box joints, but did keep the inside from changing its size; with the sliding surfaces and me attempting to get the slots the same size as the cards, I didn’t have much room for error.
I had also applied it over stain, which I shouldn’t have done per the instructions. The Seal-a-Cell is a solvent for the oil stain and pulled a bunch of it into the wet finish as I applied it. In order to keep from getting streaks, I had to wipe on the 1st coat, let it thoroughly dry completely, and add a few more very carefully.

I’ll definitely keep it as an option for more traditional looking projects, but it might not be as durable as some of the thicker polys out there.

-- -MDWhite

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