Today I am going to show you how to build a cool Wizard's Wand Recharging Box. This is a very cool box and very fun to show off.
So lets get on with it.
Step 1: Getting the Materials.
This instructable does not use a lot of expensive materials. Most of it you can find at your local lumber yard or DIY store.
You will need:
Lock mechanism (optional)
Music box mechanism with your preferred magical tune in on it
And these tools
Saw (with guide)
Drill and drill-bits
Screwdriver (electric optional)
Step 2: The Design.
First things first, you need to have a design.
Because every wizard's wand is different from the next we need to adjust the schematics a bit.
My wand is 30 centimeters or 11.8 inches long so I need to build my box in with the correct length.
Add 2 inches or 5 centimeters to your wand's length and then you will have the inside length of the box. For the inside width of the box you will use the wand's width plus 3 inches or 8 centimeters. The inside height will be music box movement's width plus 1/2 inch or 2.5 centimeters.
For my box the measurements were:
Length:14 inches or 35.5 centimeters
Width: 3.4 inches or 8.5 centimeters
And height: 2.7 inch or 7 centimeters.
Please note that I did all my calculations in centimeters and not in inches. The calculations may vary a bit in inches as I used rounded values when converting to inches.
Now for the sizes of the panels:
Top: Length (+ twice wood thickness) by Width (+ twice wood thickness)
Front and back: Length (+ twice wood thickness) by Height (+ once wood thickness)
Sides: Width by Height (+ once wood thickness).
Bottom: Length by Width
This gives me:
Top: 39.3 cm by 11.3 cm
Front and back: 39.3 cm by 8.9 cm
Sides: 8.5 cm by 8.9 cm
Bottom: 35.5 cm by 8.5 cm.
Step 3: The Panels
Now that we have all the panel measurements we can start making them.
Before you start cutting the wood into tiny little pieces you should sketch out how you are going to cut it. I used a software called Max Cut to optimize my wood and help me waste less wood.
After sketching you can start marking and cutting the pieces for your box. Remember to mark all the pieces so you know how to put them together. Also remember that the blade of your saw is not as thin as a hair so you need to cut on the outside of your lines you marked on your wood.
Step 4: Putting It All Together
Now that you have all the panels ready you can start assembling the box.
First drill small holes for the screws to go into as you do not want the wood to split open while putting in the screws.
You are only going to put screws in the front and back of the box, one in each corner to secure the sides, two just in from the bottom screws to secure the bottom and one in the middle bottom to firmly secure it.
Now that you have that done, mark out where you are going to put the hinges on the top and back panel. After marking chip out 1 - 2 mm wood inside the markings on the top panel and in the back panel. Secure the hinges and you are ready for the next step.
Step 5: The Sound Module
Now you are going to secure the sound module inside the box. Remove the crank, choose a side to put it in and measure exactly where the crank will need to go through the box.
Use a piece of paper to mark it on the inside and then mark it on the outside. Remember not to turn the piece of paper over as this will mirror your measurements. Drill a small hole big enough for the crank to fit through where you marked. If the crank cannot reach the module then drill a big hole over the small hole but not completely through the wood.
Fix the module in place.
Step 6: The Inside Panels
Using a piece of polystyrene, cut out three panels with the same measurements as the sides but wood thickness smaller on the bottoms. Insert them into the box upright to see if they fit. now cut a small piece of polystyrene to cover the sound module and fix it in place. Do the same with one of the panels at the side to completely cover the sound module.
Step 7: Covering the Inside
Now you are ready co cover the inside of the box with the felt.
Use the inside measurements and cut out small pieces of felt accordingly. Fix them to the panels using wood glue. Also cut a small piece to cover the panel on top of the sound module and fix it in place.
Now cut small holes in the top of the two remaining inner panels to fit your wand in, remember that it must be able to be taken out so the hole must be open to the top. Cover them with felt. Put them back inside the box and fix them in place.
Step 8: You're Done!!
Put your wand inside the box and play the tune. Enjoy!!
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