Introduction: Storage Box
This storage box is an average size box, where you can store small items or small collections of small things. In my case, I will be storing strings that I use to make bracelets just so they can be in a useful and not where I can lose place. The box includes a triangle abstract design on the front side.
Step 1: Box Designer
Here is the first thing you want to do, you go to Box Designer. Once you are at the website box designer you will need to put in your measurements depending on what you want your length, width, and height to be for your storage box. You will also need to put in the thickness of your wood if your not sure what the thickness is you can always use a caliper.
Step 2: Gravit / Ilustrator
Once you have created your boxes and the number of how many you want. You save your box designs to your drive that way you could open it up on Gravit. Once you're on Gravit you want to open up your design from your google drive and begin editing it using the pen and erase tools. After you are satisfied with your design you save it to your flash drive. You then go to Illustrator to download your file as an ai file that way you can pull it u on the laser cutter.
Step 3: Laser Cutting
Once you arrive at the laser cutter you want to open up your file on the computer that is connected to your laser cutter. Once your file is opened you want to put in the setting for the laser cutter. As in the wood size, the speed, and if you will be edging or cutting parts of your wood. If you created a design if not you want to just put in your setting to cut everything that is drawn on. Once everything is set you want to download your file to be able to pull up on the actual laser cutter. Once the file is on the laser cutter you would just need to adjust your origin, according to where your wood is located and begin. After a while, your wood pieces will be cut out and you want to now go on to the next step.
Step 4: Gluing
When you are satisfied with all your pieces you are then going to begin to glue your box or boxes together. When gluing you want to use good wood glue to make the pieces stay together and have a better outcome. You set your pieces the way the box is arranged, that way you can begin to apply glue. You want to grab your pieces and add some glue, not too much but just enough. When adding the glue then you stick it along with the pieces that go with it. If you need clamps, use then that way they can have a stronger stick. When you glue all your pieces together you then leave it overnight to secure the glue and be completely dry.
Step 5: Sanding
Once your box is well glued and you had left it overnight you want to continue with sanding. When you sand the first time you should use the lowest number in sanding paper that way it can add more of a smoothness and remove all the excess wood or rough places. Sanding your box will take time because you want to make it as best as you can. So for example, if your wood has lines that go a certain way it would be better if you sanded the same way you will have a better outcome. After a while of sanding, your box being smooth you are ready for the next step.
Step 6: Spray Paint
When your box is well sanded you now start with spray paint. Choose the colors you want. A tip for spray painting is you want to apply the spray paint from about 8-12 inches within distance apart. So the spray paint can be applied equally throughout the parts of your box. You need to spray paint it completely. Once you give it a few minutes and feels somewhat dry, you want to add a nice layer and leave overnight. Until the next day it is dry you sand once more time but with a high number that way it won't be as rough but just a final touch up. After its sanded you want to spray paint once more and after add the clear coat for a fresh look.