So since I have this new cabinet making workbench and some shiny new power tools (the old ones just didn't fit with the new workbench - at least that's what I told the Mrs), I think this is a good project for this weekend. I have devised a radical new way of thinking for a project like this - rather than start cutting wood, I should come up with a detailed plan and some capabilities for the box. By the way, this is were you come in via the comment box. I'm not all that bright and will rely on "crowd-sourcing" for concept ideas. Oh yeah, it feels good to be trendy!
I'm thinking a box that has the following dimensions 18 inches x 18 inches x 5.5 inches high will provide more than enough room to hold troops and rule books. An 18" square may be a bit awkward to carry around so we'll need a good set of handles. If I use standard 1x6 stock lumber for the frame, which is 5.5 inches high and .75 inches wide, the case will have an interior open space dimension of 16.5 inches square which is enough to fit up to 6 battle foam and/or Dave's Baggage train trays.
I'd like the top to be removable to be used as a transport tray from table to table. I'm also planning on making multiple tops so that they can be scenic in different ways. It would just be gauche to show up to a desert themed tournament with a Northern European themed scenic top. If we're going to do this, lets do it right.
I still need to figure out a way to securely fix the top to the box for transport but I don't want the latch to be visible. I'm thinking velcro may be may best friend here
I'd like the box to really look nice and so want to do some fancy joinery work. I'm leaning towards finger Joints (pictured below) as they look nice and are relatively easy to do on a router table. Finger joints really "pop" if your using two types of wood
Since this is a proof of concept, lets stick with the basics and go with a finger joint. If I like how it works, we can always try something fancier.
For the first attempt it's always best to go with stock pine. I'll use furniture grade 1x6's for the sides and top grade 1/4 inch plywood for the top and bottoms. I've got some 1/2 inch stock to use as a frame for the top but may bump that up to one inch to prevent warping. If I don't botch this up, I can always use better quality wood like walnut or oak for future "Show-Off Boxes"
OK here's were I need your help - what else shelf the box do
- I'd like if to have an ability to hold open a rule book (like a cook book stand)
- have a compartment for small items (dice, markers etc)
- be stackable (I may store these in a slotted tray so that might not be a goal)
- what would you add?