Geek Day Off - Woodworking Edition

In 2013 and 2014 I've rested the tech side of my brain and embraced my inner geek by attending the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. I do plan on attending again this year but I do let my inner geek loose in other ways. 

One of my other hobbies is woodworking. I wrote about one of my past projects, a stand for my MacPro that I built that to help prevent future issues with coffee spills. Today I'd like to take a break from my Mac blogging and show you my latest woodworking project: Boxes to store my kids collection of Magic, Pok√©mon and other cards. 

To earn some extra money my daughter got a job working at Uncles Games. Suddenly her interest in, and collection of, card games exploded. As a gift for her I decided that I should design and make a box for her to store all her cards. Being the engineer that I am I figured if I was going to design and make one box then making a bunch at a time wouldn't be that much harder. Several of my kids are into cards so why not give them each a couple of boxes. 

I made a prototype that fit a standard card (including protective sleeve), I added a small compartment for dice and after I fiddled with the construction a bit I turned out 8 boxes. I changed the finish on each and even made a special version that I'll post about later.

Take a look at the results. What do you think?


  1. I cannot believe you made all these beautiful furniture all by yourself. This looks as good as furniture from a renowned shop. What tools did you use for finishing?

  2. Thanks for the comment and complement. I'm inclined to think the complement is more about my photography than my woodworking but I'll take it none the less. As for finishing I used standard stains available at any hardware store. I then finished them with a poly-bend to make them able to take some wear and tear.