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Game Storage Box (Stripwood)

From DT Online

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Introduction

Board Games have been played in most cultures and societies throughout history. In addition to the Game Board itself, most Board Games involve the use of counters or 'playing pieces' and sometimes dice or spinners, cards. tokens and other 'props' all of which may need storage to avoid loss.


Storage Box using 'Stripwood'

Box Construction can involve a wide range of materials and techniques, including exotic timbers and sophisticated Jointing methods, but very satisfactory Game Storage Boxes can be made with a minimum of specialised equipment using Stripwood cut to length and glued together.


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'Stripwood' Box Construction

The first step in designing and making any box or container is to measure carefully the items to be stored. This will provide the internal dimensions.


The Stripwood advocated by DT Online is 8mm square Softwood (although 10mm square can also be convenient for some purposes). This material thickness must now be added to the internal dimensions (and often 'rounded up' to make for ease of access when removing the board and pieces from the box).

  • Draw the resulting box outline full-size (e.g. using squared paper),
  • Mark lengths of Stripwood off the full-size drawing and cut to size (e.g. using a Junior Hacksaw),
  • Place the cut pieces on the drawing to check accuracy and method of assembly.


Assembling the box body

Cut sufficient pieces to make up the number of Stripwood frames needed to make up the depth of box body required.


Alternate Stripwood frames can be organised such that they create overlaps at the corners and other joining positions. Once all are glued together, the effect is to simulate a Bridle Joint or Comb Joint at each corner and where any cross rails are used.


Any spacing or packing pieces required to hold content in position, or stop them moving about too much, can simply be glued in place.


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Hinging the lid

Both the bottom of the box body and a lid can be made out of either Thick Card, Thin Ply - or similar. It may be difficult to fix conventional Box Hinges to thin sheet materials but a strong fabric Adhesive Tape can be used to create a 'hinge' suitable for this purpose.


Hold the lid in position against the box body and wrap the Adhesive Tape around the edge to be 'hinged'.

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Note: To ensure a good surface for the Adhesive Tape, it may be necessary to sand smooth and perhaps varnish the area in contact with the tape.


Methods of holding the lid closed can include:

  • Velcro (e.g. positioned on top of the packing pieces),
  • Magnetic Door Catches (e.g. locating on to a steel washer or similar glued to the lid underside),
  • Elastic Bands pulled over the corners (e.g. looped around buttons glued to upper surface of lid or threaded through holes).


The top Stripwood frame can be modified if required, to build a gap or slot for example, to serve as a handle to open the lid


Box with removable lid

Cut sufficient pieces to make up the number of Stripwood frames needed to make up the depth of box body required but omit any cross pieces and do not glue the top frame to those under it - this will be used as the lid frame.


Glue in position the box bottom, made out of either Thick Card, Thin Ply - or similar, and glue the separate top frame to card of ply to make the lid.


Line the inside of the box body with a strip of thick card or thin ply - width equal to the required inside depth. This is known as a Bezel and will be used to locate the removable top lid. Add any cross-pieces and packing pieces required by gluing them in place.

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DT Online Buyers' Guide
MDF wheel 32mm disc pkt 100 100 Pack of 5mm Hardwood Wooden Dowels - 60cm Long Elliott 36-Piece Medium Wooden Hardwood Clothes Pegs Natural Matchsticks (Pack of 2000) 100 Plain Wooden Standard Lolly Sticks Giant Lollipop Sticks Natural Wood (Pack of 100) Playbox 25mm Unpainted Round Wooden Beads (50 Pieces) 5 x Richard Burbidge Decorative Wood Stripwood - Pine - 900 x 8 x 8mm
MDF wheel 32mm disc pkt 100 100 Pack of 5mm Hardwood Wooden Dowels - 60cm Long Elliott 36-Piece Medium Wooden Hardwood Clothes Pegs Natural Matchsticks (Pack of 2000) 100 Plain Wooden Standard Lolly Sticks Giant Lollipop Sticks Natural Wood (Pack of 100) Playbox 25mm Unpainted Round Wooden Beads (50 Pieces) 5 x Richard Burbidge Decorative Wood Stripwood - Pine - 900 x 8 x 8mm