Introduction: Box Jointed Cardboard Box

This project follows STL STANDARD 19: Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use manufacturing technologies

C. Processing systems convert natural materials into products

E. Manufacturing systems use mechanical processed that change the form of materials through the process of separating, forming, combining, and conditioning.

M. Materials have different qualities and may be classified as natural, synthetic, or mixed.

This project was made to allow students to create something unique and fun, the basis of this project is simple but it is meant to be added onto. Students will incorporate their own creativity into this project to make it unique and fun. This project is also designed to be made with different materials and tools. For more advanced classes and designers I will add the online designs to make this box with a CNC routing machine and how I went about that process, using different materials and design programs.

Advanced project: The more advanced version of this project will require different materials and safety procedures depending on What is used. I designed the box in solidworks so that it could be cut with a CNC routing machine. Programs/Materials include- Solidworks, Inventor, Easel, CNC routing table, planer, and bandsaw

Timeline: 4 days (Advanced timeline 1 week)

Student Objectives:

Students are going to learn about different design processes depending on what materials they want to use They will incorporate different tools and machines Learn about material processes They will also be encouraged to create something unique



Cardboard Box 1/4in thick…………………………..……….$7.99

3M-77 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive………………..….…..$9.99

Box Cutter………………………………………………..…....$4.50 Ruler………………………………………………………..…..$1.00

Step 1: STEP 1

Firstly, based on my design being made with ½ inch pieces of material you will need to glue the ¼ inch pieces of cardboard together with spray adhesive, and let it sit for around 5 minutes. Also place something heavy on top of it to get the glue to work properly, I ended up using old textbooks.

Step 2: STEP 2

Next you will need to draw out your design or follow the ones posted further down that I designed on Solidworks with a ruler. Make sure your designs are sized right especially if you are using the cardboard.

Step 3: STEP 3

For this step you will need to very carefully cut out your design with the material hanging off of the table or surface you are cutting on. It was easier for me to cut out around the shape and then finish with the smaller details.

Step 4: STEP 4

By this point you should have all 4 sides of the box and the bottom portion, next you will want to carefully piece it together, and add the spray on glue generously to get your box to stay together.

Step 5: STEP 5

After everything has dried together shape up anything that is uneven with the box cutter.

Step 6: STEP 6

Lastly, glue together one more piece of cardboard and measure out the dimensions from the box to make the lid. I made a recessed lid so that it would stay on top. After I cut out the lid I measured in ½ in and then cut just the top layer of glued cardboard and peeled it off to finish the lid.


These steps are if the box is being build using design programs and using Easel on a CNC machine.
  1. Step one is to design the box on solid works
  2. Step two you will need to save the drawing files as a DWG files, once you have everything drawn to scale with correct measurements.
  3. Next you will need to open those DWG files on Adobe Illustrator and change the stroke of the lines to 1.
  4. From illustrator to be able to open the files on Easel you will need to export your drawings to SVG files.
  5. Once those SVG files are saved you can upload them to Easel and then follow the steps on the website to start cutting out the pieces.