Laser Cut Box

Overview: This box we will be building is a small and easily storable dry erase box. The flip top box will be dry erase and you can use this to write reminders or simply just store markers in it.

Below are all needed materials:

- Wood

- Wood glue

-Laser Cutter

- Band Saw

- Computer

- Sanding paper

-Tape

- Dry Erase or Acrylic Board Paint

- Paint

Step 1: Box Designer

Use Box Designer to create the basic outline of your box in the dimensions you decide depending on how big you want your box to add the dimensions and download the file into your computer

Step 2: Gravit

Next use Gravit to edit your box in any way needed for example adding flat edges or adding designs in the box. For my box, I made four sides flat since that was my top. In Gravit, you will also want to save it to your computer and/or google drive. Me sure to add it to your flash drive too.

Step 3: Illustrator

You will continue to the last step on your computer (for now). This step will be on illustrator and you will ungroup the different parts of the boxes (the picture is in the instructions) When you are done download in your flash drive to get ready to print.

Step 4: Laser Cutting

Finally, the exciting part printing the box! Before that, you need to make sure all necessary steps are taken to set up the laser cutter. And you will add your file into the laser cutter and print from there. After making sure you have the wood cut to your preference and size of the box, the wood I suggest would be

Step 5: Glueing the Box Together

After the pieces of the box is printed its time to start putting it together. Apply wood glue to all non-flat edges of the box this will allow you just to glue your box make sure all the connections are correctly put together. Quick tip add tape to the box to keep it together and glue tightly.

Step 6: Sanding

When the wood glue is dry its time to start getting your box ready to use! You want to start by sanding any rough edges and splinters. Make sure to get all the corners and edges to get a nice clean looking box, when you are sanding remember to go with the grain to get the best smooth result.

Step 7: Painting

When you are satisfied with your initial sanding you can now choose what type of paint and what color you want to paint your box. In this demonstration I used spray paint if you are also using spray paint please remember to spray at a distance and in a ventilated area or outside.

Step 8: Sand, Spray Paint and Repeat!

Now you will repeat step seven and eight until your box is to your liking!

Step 9: Dry Erase Top

Depending if you are using an actual dry erase board or the acrylic you will need to cut it to the size of your box. If you use the dry erase board you can use a box cutter but if you are using acrylic I suggest using a band saw to get the best end result. (If you use acrylic you can paint one side white to get a better result)

Step 10: Adding Hinges

After you got all your pieces set and in a good sage you will need two small hinges to attach the top to your box, drill small enough holes on both the box and the top and put them together.

Step 11: All Done, Enjoy!

Now you are all done and your box is ready to use! Enjoy your new and beautiful dry erase box!

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    Alex in NZ

    2 months ago

    Thanks for including the hyperlink to Gravit! Saves searching for it.
    Thanks for sharing the design and build :-)

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    randofo

    2 months ago

    The addition of the dry erase top is a nice touch.