Magic: the Gathering Storage Box With Laser-cut Card Tray & Dividers.

My Magic: The Gathering collection has grown exponentially recently so I thought it was time to sort out some nice storage for my cards. I wanted to move them away from the old Fat Pack boxes in the cupboard to something more presentable.

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Step 1: The Box

I toyed with the idea of making my own box but as I'm fairly new to woodworking I decided to just buy a pre-made one.

After a bit of shopping I found this chest in Evolution. It was a bit too deep to comfortably fit my cards. I wanted them to bit a bit closer to the opening so I could search through them easily without having to take them out of the box itself.

Step 2: The Tray

After a fair bit of measuring I used to create the plans for a laser-cut box that fit the dimensions of my chest. I then edited the resulting vector in Inkscape in order to add the handles, create the dividers, remove the top and add the middle piece.

After I had my plans ready I took them to the Hackspace and put them through the laser cutter. I used 3mm A4 birch plywood for the tray as it was the only wood I had on hand. It came out surprisingly well after a good sanding and a coat of stain & wax.

After the stain & wax I glued the lot together and left it overnight to make sure it stayed together.

Step 3: The Dividers

I created the design for the dividers in Inkscape and then put them through the laser cutter. I cut the dividers out of the same wood as the card tray.

I decided against staining these the same colour as the tray to give them a bit of contrast. I would like to stain them in their respective colours but buying 5 different coloured wood stains is a bit out of my budget at the moment.

Step 4: The Finished Product.

All that was left was to slide the tray into place and decant my collection into it.

The tray holds around 1500 cards (At a rough estimate, I don't have the patience to count them all) and two/three binders for rare cards.

In total this project cost me about £30 to complete, including materials and time spent on the laser.


Chest: £18

Plywood: £6

Wood dye & wax: I used the communal wax and stain from the Hackspace, probably around £3-4 worth.

Laser cutter usage: 2 hours cutting & engraving in total so around £2, including all of my failed cuts.

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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago

    This is a really nice make. Well done. I love things like this. It shows care for the things you're going to put in it.

    Btw, where did you get lasser cutting access, or do you have your own?

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago


    I used the laser cutter at my local Hackspace, I'd never be able to fit one in my flat!


    Question 6 months ago on Step 1

    Where did you find the chest itself.


    6 months ago

    It's been quite a while since this was posted, but I would love the tray plans as well if they're still available. Thanks!


    2 years ago

    Great job! As far as having different color dyes and cost for your dividers, try using box Food Color Dyes (cheap). Would suggest you test your mixes on scrap pieces of wood first though.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    do you by any chance still have the tray plans? I would love to make this and have access to a laser cutter at my local hack space :)

    3 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    I would love the tray plans also.. I can surprise my husband and step son with one on their respective birthdays


    Reply 3 years ago

    I'd be interested in the tray plans as well. I want to make my sons each a box for Christmas, they're huge MTG fans!