Boxguy Throws A Card Party

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Project by Boxguy posted 05-18-2012 07:24 PM 2737 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured is a box specifically designed to hold 8 decks of cards.

Story: My wife’s family has always enjoyed playing cards as a past time. No money is involved, but it is competitive…who wants to lose to their mother-in-law? Recently, we have been playing Hand and Foot a game that involves multiple decks. Of course I am always looking for an excuse to build a new type of box or a new style of box. So, it seemed perfectly normal that a Boxguy would design and build two or three boxes for this purpose. One to use and a couple more to sell. I thought people who invited several couples over for bridge or euchre might want to buy a box like this.

Process: Next came this neat, but small, piece of Hard Maple Burl I got when a neighbor in town had to cut down a tree in their front yard. I squared it up a little and book-matched a couple of slices. It has this strange grain that reminds me of a coral reef. For corner splines I used a piece of Indian Rosewood that I salvaged from an old piece of furniture. It has a wonderful purplish cast to it.

Techniques: This year I am using a different pattern for my finger lifts. You can see it in the last two pictures. I use a Jet spindle sander and angle the box pretty steeply on this machine. Then I sand away the center section, increase the angle and sand away a notch on each side of the first notch. I like the look and often get some great grain pattern as I did here as the notch digs through deeper layers of the American Walnut sides.

Thanks: As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks to those who take the extra time to add comments and suggestions. Your responses have been fun to read.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 07:48 PM

really nice box al, i love the soft corners and edges on the top and bottom, it looks like it would feel good in your hands, and i wanted to touch is, but darn , they just have not gotten virtual touch yet…lol…..but it a really nice box, nice top…enjoyed your jig post on the splines, will probably make one like it, ive never done splines in my boxes, and would like to do it from time to time…thanks al, you certainly have some great ideas, and so it teaches others good ways to accomplish things…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 09:55 PM

Very nice. Do you have any idea on the number of boxes you have made? Just curious.

-- socrbent Ohio

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Scott R. Turner

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#3 posted 05-19-2012 02:45 AM

I have to chuckle that you arranged the decks red-black-red-black… I would do the same thing!

And of course the box is beautiful, but you knew that! :-)

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 03:52 AM

I don’t know the total. I’ve made boxes since I was a kid. I do know that I have made over 200 in the last three years. I started building houses in my spare time and have sort of worked down to smaller things as I have gotten older. Boxes have become a passion again since I retired from teaching.

You mean there is another way to put those decks in the box?


I just finished putting a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax on this box since it is on its way to the gallery. It feels good and smells good…at least to me.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 05-19-2012 11:34 AM

That is a beautiful box. Now next you can make a box with two decks of cards, a pair of dice, and under the tray a nice supply of poker chips. I know that it would be beautiful as well because I’ve seen your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 11:54 AM

very nice box

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#7 posted 05-19-2012 04:04 PM

First off great box again.

I’ve been playing with same idea for finger lift to get away from knobs and handles. It looks like I have been over thinking it. All my ideas were on how to fixture it for repeatable results and not losing a box after it is mostly made. Since there isn’t really a mating surface your approach seems like a winner.


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