Card box

Posted in Projects on July 7th, 2016 by The Cyberwolfe

Greyduck gifted me a copy of Batman Fluxx for my birthday this year, and I thought I’d build a travel case for it – mainly as a reason to flex some skills a bit, I’m out of practice on boxes.

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This is the project I built the clamp in the previous post for, although for at least half the stitching I just had the pieces glued together around a piece of wood I cut and sanded to the correct dimensions of the box interior. Not my best sewing, and there’s a couple of miscellaneous mistakes in construction. It does, however, do the job nicely.

Fluxx is a fun game, if you like games that warp the rules as you play. Featuring art from the WB’s animated series, arguably the best run of any Batman cartoon.

Batman Fluxx Cards

Box Corners Clamp

Posted in Tips & Tricks on July 7th, 2016 by The Cyberwolfe

clamp and kitten

With bonus kitten!

If you’ve ever tried to sew a leather box, you know how much of a pain it can be to keep everything lined up. Nigel Armitage does a good tutorial video on the process and also shows his simple solution to holding everything together at a nice 90-degree angle.

After spending 30 minutes doing a piss-poor job of sewing the first two pieces of the latest project together, I decided I needed to build one for myself. Considering I have limited table surface in my apartment hobby shop, I decided to make it as an attachment for the stitching horse, kind of like a Hardy for an anvil.

I had a 12″ board lying around after a false-start of a shelving project, so I nudged Nigel’s idea a bit and just butted two pieces into a “roof” shape, then sandwiched a pair of off-cuts and beveled them to act as the stem. Two more off-cuts get a similar bevel and become clamp arms. $3 worth of hardware later, it’s a clamp!

Of course, this won’t allow you to do all the seams of a box – eventually, you end up building an inside form as you attach the 4th wall and bottom, but it makes the first couple seams that much easier.

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