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Clamshell Box: Week 5=Sweet Victory!

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Well, it isn’t perfect, but I have a prototype!

First I had to cut these stupid boards twice, because something wasn’t square and they were all supposed to be the same height but they weren’t. At least I checked first.

Second I wrapped the cover. A few issues, but not bad considering I waited 30 minutes in the store for my online order of Cafe Rio, gave up because some people had been waiting for over an hour, got in the normal line and then got food. But that’s another story.

Then I glued the inner and outer trays on. You know, the things I’ve been messing with for the last four weeks.

I used my own books to weigh it down!

Once the bases were stuck, I added more weight so the edges and corners would adhere.

Yes, those are the illustrated Harry Potter books on top.

Then, this morning, I took all the weights off and tried it. Check it out!

There is sound, but it’s soft.


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Clamshell Box: Week 4

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Unfortunately, the longer fabric I ordered didn’t get here, so I haven’t covered the outer shell yet.

I did build it! It goes over the inner tray, and everything fits right!

There’s enough of a gap for the fabric, so I feel good about it.

Check out that perfect gap!

Here’s hoping my fabric comes in this week so I can finish this baby up!

Knock on Wood

Just a couple of pictures of the finished inner tray. I added a filler piece (the blue) then the final cover for the bottom (the green).

I swear the colors will all match at some point.

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Clamshell Box: Week 3

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I may have board measurements for a prototype!

Well, sort of.

Notice the stupid seam there? Yeah, that’s supposed to be at the corner.

I got carried away with the chamfers .Oops. My bad. In my defense, that will be covered up.

The fabric I bought locally isn’t long enough for what I need, so I’m having to break it into two pieces and put a seam on the corner.

It worked last week, but I changed the dimensions, but apparently (in a senior blonde moment) wrote something down wrong, then cut them before I checked twice.

Go ahead. Point and laugh. Shame me. I deserve it.

In retaliation, I’ve used my mad Googling skills to order bigger pieces of fabric. Take that, corner seam!

Ignoring the fabric issues, the box looks pretty good!

The books fit!


There’s a bit of a gap on the ends, but I’m okay with it. Better then the books not fitting.

My next step for the boards is to make a jig so they are easier to cut. Right now I’m using a utility knife and a metal ruler. I need something more reliable.

If my fabric comes in the three days promised, I may have a progress report next week.

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Clamshell Box: Week 2

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Week two went better than week one did.

I think.

I re-cut the board pieces, and they turned out great. The books fit and everything!

See! Not like last time.

Then I measured my cloth (twice) and started gluing it on.

This is what it looked like after adhering the sides.

Looking good!

I should probably mention that reading the directions on glue is important. I made a 1/4 cup of concrete mess by not reading the instructions. It always has to be something, doesn’t it?

Please ignore those corners. I don’t want to talk about them.

As you can see, for the most part, my measurements worked. Yay!

Now for the moment of truth.


I’m not sure what happened, but the bottom is now a little too small and the top flares out when I put the books in. Either I didn’t leave quite enough wiggle room, or I pulled something when I glued.

Likely both.

Back to the drawing board.

Check back next week for an update on my sanity…

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