Themed Carcassonne Storage Chest

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Introduction: Themed Carcassonne Storage Chest

Carcassonne is a tile based castle building board game. After bringing my large set (the main game with 3 of the extensions) with me to my parent's house when I visited last Christmas, my sister loved it so I bought her the main game for her birthday later in the year.

This Christmas, I bought her one of the extensions she didn't already have by now. I thought it'd also be nice to make her something to keep all the parts in as once you have more than 3 extensions it becomes a bit of a struggle to get all of the pieces into the original box, even with the cardboard padding removed. I set out to design and make her a themed wooden Carcassonne storage chest.

The box I made was first designed in 3D in CAD software called Alibre Designs. This allowed me to check that everything was going to fit and easily adjust dimensions if I changed my mind. I laser cut all of the parts in 3mm birch ply, all of the finger joints you can see around the box were cut 4.5mm long so that they stuck out past the corners. This let me trim off the excess with a chisel after to remove the slight charred and bevelled edge you get when laser cutting. All the finger joints pointing up towards the top of the box were intentionally designed 10mm too long so they stuck up to look like the crenelations of a castle.

The main box is made up of 7 parts. The front and one side were glued together and clamped to keep them square and the back and the other side were glued and clamped. This gave me two halves I could then put together when dry with the lid. I used Gorrilla glue because it's nice and strong and fast curing. After this point I had a bottomless box with no lid. I used a table saw to cut the lid apart from the base. Doing it this way means you end up with a lid that HAS to be square to the base and will fit perfectly. It can't not fit! The base is supported by a protrusion in each corner, and extra 3mm piece of ply is glued to the lid and base on the inside at the back to give enough depth to cut a notch to screw the hinges to.

I also designed, laser cut and assembled a removable tray to store all of the tiles. Two of these rows should be enough to store every card from every extension, leaving the third row for Meeple or other parts of the game.

All of the wood was finished with Colron Danish oil to bring out the colour/grain of the wood and seal it from dirt.

Overall it took 4-5 hours of design work, less than an hour on the laser cutter and 5-6 hours assembly and finishing (mostly waiting for glue to dry).

Step 1: 2020 Update: Laser Cutting Files

I have now attached an SVG to this step in case you would like to laser cut it yourself.

You can open it to edit it with Inkscape, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or similar.

Red lines: cut first as a quick, low power vector cut

Black lines: set power and speed to cut through 3 mm laser ply

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    GregF9
    GregF9

    17 days ago

    This is really impressive! Nice job! Would you feel comfortable sharing your CAD file/s, for a fellow creator to have as a starting point? I'm just getting hooked on Carcassonne now, am realizing that I'm going to end up wanting a storage box like this, and have access to a laser cutter, but it would be nice to be able to save some time on the design work (since you've already made the measurements and built them into your design). If you'd rather not share I'd definitely understand - you put a lot of work into it - but I thought I'd ask. Thanks for considering!

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    Jayefuu
    Jayefuu

    Reply 1 day ago

    Heya, sorry for the slow reply. I've now added a step with an SVG file so you can have a fiddle with it.

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    GregF9
    GregF9

    Reply 7 hours ago

    Thanks so much! I'll check it out soon. I just ordered a collection of mini expansions and things from cundco.de, and already have a few expansions, so am excited to figure out how to get everything into this chest!

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    Jayefuu
    Jayefuu

    Answer 1 day ago

    SVG now added to the Instructable. I know it's been a year but it's there if you're still interested.

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    Gregware
    Gregware

    4 years ago

    Hello, have you the SVG file to do it for my niece?

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    depotdevoid
    depotdevoid

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I love Carcassonne so much. It's definitely one of my favorites.

    I've been thinking of doing something similar for my burgeoning Arkham Horror stuff, but I want to wait until I've got a couple more expansions for it.

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    ZoDo
    ZoDo

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Love this game...I have 6 extensions...and I need a bigger box to keep them.
    Nice job on yours

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    laxap
    laxap

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice defensive wall effect. I usually don't like much the burned effects of laser cutting on wood, but here it really adds character.

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    Jayefuu
    Jayefuu

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. I trimmed a lot of the burned edges away after leaving them intentionally too long. It also helps a LOT to put masking paper on the wood before laser cutting it otherwise the top surface gets covered in soot/char that you can't easily remove.