Wood Box Mod




About: Just do things, electronics, woodwork, etc.

Hello everybody! How do you do? This is project How-ToDo my name is Konstantin, and today I want to show you how I made this wooden box mod. The main reason of making this vape was to learn how to work with this router, so I did not care too much about the electronic part, it's a simple mosfet box mode with series batteries, just in case anyone was expecting something interesting in this regard.

Step 1: Wood

And so we go. About wood, it is advisable to use some kind of hardwood, for example, from what I have, this piece of wenge would be perfect, but I chose a wood called padauk, it is not very solid, so carry it in a pocket with keys is likely will leave some marks on it, but I really like the color. Also I decided to add white layer between the padauk halves , for this I chose a piece of white ash, isn't the best choice because of the significant grooves on the texture, which are collecting dust.

Step 2: Milling

So I start with drawing a template on the half inch paduk lumber. I make two rectangle with outer size of 52 by 107mm and inner size of 40 by 100mm. Next, I slowly began to cut out the contour of the inner rectangles, on a depth of about 9mm, so far I not very good at it, and of course it's better to use overhead router machine for this tipe of job, but I only have this. I go on one line slowly increasing depth. Then I turn the workpiece over and repeat the process, to cut the short sides I fix piece of wood with a tightened clamp to stop router from one side.

Step 3: Milling 2

When contour is done I start to cut inside of rectangle, but this time with this Saburrtooth sphere bit. Finishing rough surface with router. I don't touch second rectangle.

Step 4: Cutting

Cut the workpiece with jigsaw and transfer dimensions to the on 3mm ash lumber, cut it and glue to the last piece, of course, after having prepared the surface. I thought it would be better if the ash is not bent when clamping. When glue is dry I cut insides as i did before.

Step 5: Sanding

Put halves together and grind them on the belt sander. I wanted to make it 24mm thickness same as RDA, with the same rounding, but cut too much with router and it's not going to work, so I make the rounding bigger, roughly remove the edges with a dremel and slowly give it a rounded shape with a sand paper. Then marking holes for connector and button and drill it. Working on surface with sanding paper 220, 400 and 600 grid.

Step 6: Finishing

Now we're at the moment when magic happens - oil coating, I use danish oil. Looks gorgeous... When it's dry making space for magnets and glue them with superglue, same on the other side. Also made this guiding rod from broken drill bit.

Step 7: Electronics

Soldering electronics, don't want to focus attention on this, simple MOSFET circuit with additional self-locking button and LED for indicating the work. Installing into the case, tighten nut on connector and button as much as possible and caver everything with an epoxy resin. I would be interested to hear your opinion about such a device, how much would you not be sorry to pay for it, of course if it will made in the better way with CNC and some kind of custom laser engraving? Because I'm really enjoin making things like this. Thats all I got for today, hope you like it, if you please share it in your social media it's really helps. See you next time, probably next weak!

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    6 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago

    Why didn`t you show a picture of it set up for vaping?


    Tip 1 year ago on Step 3

    Once you've got the outlines of the box routed, you can easily clean out what's left with the router still at the final depth. Just go carefully and stay away from the edges. This method will leave a level and fairly smooth bottom that requires little--if any--sanding.


    Question 1 year ago on Step 7

    Hi Konstantin,

    I really like the box you made here. I don't know much about MOSFET's. Can you explain what function the circuit performs in this project? Also, you have inspired me to take a leap into woodworking, get some tools and finally make a new glasses case for my partner :) The cases you get when you buy the glasses never last as long as the glasses. The hinges break, or the 'snap-lock' stops working and you have to use a rubber band :s So thank you for that!


    1 year ago

    I see Futurama on some of your wood! Did you make those? Or did you buy a wood burn stamp??


    1 year ago

    really nice work. I would suggest maybe 3 seperate case types. 1. your custom mod, 2. case that accepts Vulcan or ILEAF (tube battery or rectangular 3. have a circular storage ot tube for dry herbs or wax. make a few as prototypes with designs, maybe even add a nice sanded grip that your hand wraps around. Go 2 a dispencery or vape shop. make 2 with stores name and design and leave as samples 4 employees. offer them percent and you could make some nice $ as many people seem 2 like handmade @ dispencery & have seen basic mod kits for $80 they mark it up $60 . I am always very surprised when people have such skill like you they don't just get a booth at a craft fair a few times . make music boxes, jewelry, kid stuff 2 get people @ table then see what people like and will buy. Belive me I hate painting flowers, I mean hate with a passion but I know every farmers market I will get sold out of stupid paintings of pumpkins, sunflowers etc allowing me $$ for projects I like & biggest part is custom orders when they see your work.. also brand yourself a maker say hand tooled...many people have caught on 2 cnc and 3d printing & would rather have something made by hand then carved with a cnc or printed . good luck follow what you like making and you will find your customers