Real Wood Book Boxes with a real wood spine that is flexible! These can be customized with lettering and images.
Book Box Project
My project is called the “Book Box Project”. The project is to be able to make book boxes. In order to make these book boxes, we need to purchase laser time or a laser. Since a laser has a cost of $18,000 up to $50,000+ (that’s just for the laser, not the additional accessories to make it safe), we have decided to settle with buying the laser time to make the boxes. To make the boxes at a reasonable rate, we estimate a final goal of $1,000 for the project. If we happen to make it to the $18,000+…we will definitely consider buying a laser (and we’ll add a bonus to all supporters at the $20 level and up). Until then…on to the details of the book box. :)
What is a book box?
A book box is pretty much what it sounds like- a box shaped like a book. Of course, there are many styles of a book box on the market. What makes this particular style unique is the “living hinge”. A traditional book box is typically shaped like a book, but will open with either hinges or like a lid that fits on top (and then it wouldn’t really be secured). There are some book boxes out there that have wood parts, but are secured with leather. This makes them look like a leather bound book and gives the hollow element inside. Then, there is the famous hallowed out book…but I personally believe that a hollowed out book (while completely awesome) is still just a hallowed out book. These boxes being made are real “book boxes”!
What can I do with a book box?
Well, these book boxes are made out of 1/8” MDF…so they have their limitations. I would not store anything liquid inside them (unless you plan on applying a waterproof sealer…and even then I would be cautious at storing liquid items inside) or heated items (wood does tend to catch on fire every now and again when enough heat is applied). I would probably stay away from really heavy items (like gold or iron bars…because I know we are all looking for somewhere to stash those gold bars we have). For the most part, you can utilize the book box as you would with any wooden box. We have given you some ideas in the video, but your imagination is really free to let loose and come up with some awesome ideas.
What else can you tell me about the book box?
The book boxes are quite awesome. They can be customized (see rewards for details on the level for customization) with lettering or even some pictures. The plain boxes come with the “burned” look on them, but it is very simple and easy to hand sand off the burned look if you do not like it. The book boxes do not need a final finish on them, but you may prefer a different look or some type of stain/sealant to meet your preferences. We leave this up to you because each of you has a unique preference. The customized books come sanded (unless you request us to leave the burned look). There are 2 sizes for this project- small and medium. We hope to have large ones in the future.
Small = Approximately 3 7/8” wide x 4 7/8” high x 1” thick
Medium = Approximately 5 ½” wide x 7 ¼” high x 1 3/10” thick
Why are you doing this project?
While we understand the purpose of this website is to help fund projects, we know that it helps to support a project when you know a little something about the why and who behind the project. So, here is some of that information in case you need it.
Why- In all honesty, the book boxes are so awesome, we wanted everyone in the world to have one…but if we can start with this project to get some out to some interested people, that is a great beginning. We hope to make this a much bigger project in the future, and with your help, we can get the first batch out to interested folks. This project is essentially “kick-starting” our initial line of Book Boxes.
Who- Some of you may need some information about the person you are supporting, so I will share that information. :) I was working 2 jobs for quite a while when I was laid off of my main job (the one that paid more and consumed more hours of my life), so I decided to venture out on my own and start my own business. I work a booth at a local “flea market” with hand-made jewelry, laser wood items, wood boxes and other little things I create (I have the occasional accent item that is made in China, but over 95% of the items in the booth are made/assembled in the United States). Both my husband and my dad help me out, and they make some of the items as well. I still work my job that I was not laid off from, but hope to eventually shift into running my own business full-time.
Thank you for your support
I want to give my heartfelt thank you to all of you who support us. We know this is a quality product and a unique product that you will enjoy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
No, the book box is not my original design. The plans for the living hinge are available on the internet, in multiple locations. I attempted to find the original person that created the living hinge (the box portion is also common in many, many designs) but there are quite a few people that claim to be the originators of the idea. One such company seems to be the most reliable for credit, and here is the article in Make Magazine crediting the Dutch company: http://blog.makezine.com/2011/10/25/plywood-living-hinge-technique-for-laser-cutters/. There is another company in Florida, another one in California, one in New York, an entry in Wikipedia, and several websites online that also claim credit (now you can see my point on why it is so hard to find the original source). Since the living hinge is a common (although difficult to implement) woodworking concept, the only part that is unique is applying it to laser applications. While I would LOVE to applaud the original person for the idea, other than the Make Magazine article, there seems to be no other valid source for the originator of the plans. I do not plan on making the plans public and the ones we have are signficantly altered from ones we found (most of them did not work right and we almost started from scratch).