How to Make a Glass Box of Emotion.




My wife & I love the movie Anchorman, particularly the part of the movie where Ron Burgundy is in a phone booth yelling about how he is in a glass case of emotion. My lovely wife thought it would be very funny to make a glass box of emotion to give to her brother since his last name is actually glass.
You don't need to have a last name of glass to appreciate such a quirky gift.


A slightly skewed sense of humor or love of the movie Anchorman
Someone important to share your gift of emotion with
a pane of glass (Old windows are a great source)
a glass cutter or scoring blade
a saw
Corner clamps or an assistant to help hold pieces.
piece of lumber (pine oak or any old scrap you have laying around)
hot glue gun & glue
stain (optional)
a small piece of paper & marker
router with roundover bit (also optional)

Step 1: Cut the Wood Base.

I had a piece of 6" x 4' pine handy so I cut a 5-1/2" length off making a 5-1/2" square piece since any modern milled lumber that is sold as 6" wide is actually 5-1/2".

Step 2: Round Over the Edges (optional)

I then used my router with a 3/4" round over bit and rounded each side to make it a little more decorative.

Step 3: Sand Smooth.

Now sand all surfaces with a sanding block to remove and rough edges or splinters.

Step 4: Stain the Base.

I chose to stain the base with a basic Old English dark walnut stain simply by using an old rage and rubbing it thoroughly on the base.

Step 5: Mark & Score the Glass.

Mark the glass with a sharpie marker & a straight edge. I decided to make the box 4-1/2" tall so I began by marking a section of glass that was 4-1/2" wide & scored it with the glass cutter.

Step 6: Break Pieces.

The glass cutter is little more than a scoring tool which uses a metal wheel to scratch the surface of the glass. Once a line is scratched into the surface you can line it up with the edge of a straight hard surface and apply pressure to break it into two pieces along that score. Wear gloves & eye protection!!!
I repeated the mark, score and break steps until I had a total of five 4" x 4-1/2" pieces of glass. This makes enough for the four sides and the top.

Step 7: Glue Together.

This is much easier if you happen to have corner clamps to hold it together. Other wise you can get someone to help you hold it while gluing or even use tape on the outside.

I lined the first two sides up in one corner clamp and moved them slightly apart. Next I glued along the edge of one side with hot glue. I then pushed the other edge firmly together with the side that had glue on it. Once that joint has cooled and set remove it the pair from the clamp and place on a level surface. Next again glue along the edge of one of the already joined pair and adhere the next side to it. Once that has cooled glue along each of the edges to be joined on the final side and push into place so that it make a box. (minus the top) Finally place one small bead of glue on each top corner and place the top on.

Step 8: Insert Emotion.

Fold a small square piece of paper in half to make a triangle and write the word emotion on each side. Fold the bottom edge slightly so that you have a way to stick it to the base. Think of a house roof with rain gutters. Now place a very small dab of glue in the edges and stick it to the base.

Step 9: Glue the Box to the Base.

Now, quickly place a small dab of glue to the bottom of the glass box and stick it to the base. Congratulations, you have now finished you glass box of emotion. White elephant gift anyone!

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    11 Discussions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, you are correct. I have updated that portion Thanks.


    10 years ago on Step 6

    I'd suggest sanding the edges of the cut glass to remove any sharp edges. This makes the glass easier to handle in the following steps, and is a nice thing to do if you don't want the recipient to slit their fingers open. ;)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Good suggestion. I think it depends on the type of glass used. Mine was 1/4" thick and broke very clean to the point where I can run my fingers along the edges without getting cut.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    . Great job on documenting the steps, but you left out the safety info. Safety glasses, cut-resistant gloves when handling glass, &c.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    I would support the "emotion" with a clip-type holder.

    Oh! Maybe you could use this to preserve your last-ever cigarette, or a child's first school report!

    Humorous and versatile.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, a clip type holder would class it up a bit. I was going for cheesy. Good suggestion, glad the humor is not lost.