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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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Clamshell Box: Week 1

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First off, I thought I was better with an X-Acto knife. If the somewhat meandering sides of my binding board is any indication, I could use some practice.

I didn’t take pictures. I was too ashamed.

My engineering brain is already working on a way to clamp the board and the steel ruler to the table so I don’t have to worry about holding on to it while I saw. Er, cut.

Also, a bigger knife. Those little ones feel too dainty to be cutting that board.

As you can see, my corners were a bit off. Nothing a little glue and some sanding won’t fix, right?

Have you ever heard the adage:

Measure Twice, Cut Once?

Me too! And I’m usually good at it. As a matter of fact I was checking the size of the fabric that I was about to put around the above tray, when I had a positively revolutionary idea.

Make sure the books fit.

Apparently I should have checked the sides of the tray before I glued them together.


I checked my math multiple times, but didn’t notice that my initial measurement was off.

Maybe this is a sign that I need to add more books to the series?

Tune in next week for a new inner tray. Hopefully this one will be the right size.

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