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Kojab8890

Magic the Gathering Board and Playing Case

by Kojab8890 Apr 8, 2014
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Good idea and good model!!!

Cool Idea but it has some flaws. The inner clear piece should be more solid so parts don't fall out. And in addition you should make rail pieces that can actually lock to it so things don't shift around while inside the box.

This was what I stumbled upon after actually producing it and why this will forever remain a "Work-In-Progress." I updated the design already and completely replaced the living hinges with actual laser-cut hinges. The connecting inner piece is now a solid inner piece with no moving parts that extends inside to add compartments so the decks and pieces don't move around so much. Perhaps I'll post 2.0 here some day.

Kojab8890, this is seriously super cool! Unfortunately, I have no access to a laser cutter, but I do have access to a 3D printer. Inspired by your work, I created a 3D Printer friendly Spell Book model, I uploaded it here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:775824
Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you for the brilliant inspiration.

Spell Book MTG Deck Box

Hey, ClassyGoat! The recreation is wonderful and I'm glad. I'd rather have a 3D Printer to a laser cutter myself.

Again, it was an honour. May you draw well, fellow MTG'er!

I'm working on this currently. What thickness are you using for the material? 1/8"? 1/4"
Thanks. Lovely design. I laser cut a test print of the board and it bends quite nicely. I'm considering making it a tiny bit thicker (I used 1/8" I believe...grabbing odds and ends off a shelf).

Sorry for the late reply! I did make this a while back so forgive me for a lack of details. The wood itself is 0.45 cm in width while the acrylic is 0.6 cm in width.

However, I must warn you that the Kerf Bend designed into the wood (the spine of the "book") is a lot more prone to breaking than I thought. Not catastrophic as so far, only individual parts have snapped. But if the spine is abuse and if force is spread uneven;y through the bend, it will break. Most of the designs that do use Kerf Bends/Living Hinges are often fixed into a bent shape instead of constantly contracting and expanding. If this design is okay with you, then by all means go ahead!

I have made a variant of this design that uses actual hinges made from wood but I'm loathe to share it yet until I iron out the fixes. Don't count on it, though.

Beautiful work.
I love the laser cut bendable spine, how small a "book" do you think that would work for?

Hmmm... I have seen living hinges as book covers and tablet covers. But the spine design this uses might not scale depending on the dimensions of your design and wood material. I would happily recommend you to the formula I used online to get this design if you wanted.