Saturday, 8 November 2014

Dice Box

I'm still working my wall of gears, but I decided to take a small break from that and design something else.   I have some friends from work who asked me to play D&D with them.  With that in mind, I decided to create a box to carry my lucky dice, and my character miniature.

I want a box with 2 compartments, one for the dice, and one for the miniature.   I also saw some boxes with "live hinges" that I really liked, so I'm going to experiment with those as well.

Here is the design from SketchUp.

I made a few modifications, and added a magnetic hinge to keep it closed.

Here are pictures of the actual box, cut in MDF.

Here it is a little bit open, so you can see some dice on the left, and a miniature on the right.

You can also see some small rare earth magnets that keep the lid closed.   There are also some in the hinge, so that when it rotates, it magnetically "clicks" closed, and stays that way.

I really like the design, but I wanted to do it in some wood that was a little nicer.   I tried with MDF, with a Birdseye maple veneer glued to the top.   It looks nice, but in the living edge, the pieces are too narrow, and the veneer just broken in some parts.

I'm going to have to find some 1/8 solid wood, and try it out with that.   More to come on that later.


  1. This is a great project! Any additional feedback on how the solid wood worked for the durability of the living hinge?

    I'm working on Glowforge project to make a book cover for my wife for her birthday and am trying to decide what kind of wood to use for the living hinge or if I should forgo a living hinge and use some other kind of hinge instead.