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    Good morning gents,

    Almost finished with this straight razor storage box. Maple sides and an oak top and bottom. Top and bottom slip into a dado groove on the sides. I know - strange marriage of materials and it would have been nicer with a figured maple top. I just used the scraps I had lying around the garage - so this is what I had on hand. It'll work and it's just for me. Not finished yet - still needs a final sanding and finish of some sort - maybe just oil.

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    I made it to hold 7 razors but I'm having second thought on the internal pieces to hold the razors. Initially I was going to do something similar to the Theirs Issard box but long ways in my box:

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    So they would be arranged like this:

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    I think just straight pieces with a cut out for the fingers to grab one would be OK - but I'm thinking I need something to keep them from sliding back and forth. I don't plan to travel with the box but just picking it up etc.

    Any innovative ideas out there?

    Adam

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    I like the look of the straight pieces with the cutouts in the middle. You could line it with a felt-like material, something that would take the concern out of them rattling around in there.
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    I have never liked the inside of the TI boxes. They seem clunky and not very good use of space. The spacers take up more room than the razors. I do like the old style seven day sets where the ends are held in place and the middle is open, they seem more elegant. I have not done a seven day box, but have done a few boxes for sets of four. The liners are really not that hard to do. I would like to do a few more in the upcoming months just because I love making boxes. All in good time I suppose. You've done well with the outside of your box, I think if you mock up a few interiors you will find your happy place. The linings can be done with inexpensive fabric salvage from clothes. I have often used very thin wood (but card stock would work) to glue the fabric to, to get a nice tight liner. I have also used sheets of plastic that I have for making templates. There are some very good you tube videos of people lining boxes for other things that can be a good source for technique.
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    Nice job, aalbina. Add a lock and key and I'll place my order!

    I think this is what Rez is referring to. Have to say I agree completely about new style boxes like Thiers.
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    Thank you both - I really like the design that has the razors help at the top and bottom. As RezDog says - that really is more elegant. In this post - I also like the addition of the rack in the center on the top of the lid. That would really hold them secure - although I'm not sure I need that for a non-traveling box. Thanks for the tips - keep them coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aalbina View Post
    Thank you both - I really like the design that has the razors help at the top and bottom. As RezDog says - that really is more elegant. In this post - I also like the addition of the rack in the center on the top of the lid. That would really hold them secure - although I'm not sure I need that for a non-traveling box. Thanks for the tips - keep them coming.

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    no that's not for support, it's actually for holding other grooming items. you could put tweezers or that sort of thing there. If you turn this box upside down and shake it the razors come loose a little. (Yeah, i did do that when i got it. I wanted to check if it would be good for travelling.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    no that's not for support, it's actually for holding other grooming items. you could put tweezers or that sort of thing there. If you turn this box upside down and shake it the razors come loose a little. (Yeah, i did do that when i got it. I wanted to check if it would be good for travelling.)
    Oh - I see. thanks

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    Nice looking box.

    If you want to experiment with custom interior designs, try a sheet of foam core. It comes in all thicknesses from 1/8 in on up or you can glue up pieces if you need more thickness. It is super cheap and easy to work with, an exacto or sharp utility knife and a straight edge are all you need.

    Once you settle on a design you can use the foam core as a template or just glue in place and cover with fabric or leather, it is very strong.

    Modeling straight pins are great for “clamping” in place while gluing. You can even make a drop in design, in case your storage needs change.

    Visit some of the Diorama web sites and videos for other great tips on working with foam core, those guys do all kinds of cool stuff with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid440 View Post
    Nice looking box.

    If you want to experiment with custom interior designs, try a sheet of foam core. It comes in all thicknesses from 1/8 in on up or you can glue up pieces if you need more thickness. It is super cheap and easy to work with, an exacto or sharp utility knife and a straight edge are all you need.

    Once you settle on a design you can use the foam core as a template or just glue in place and cover with fabric or leather, it is very strong.

    Modeling straight pins are great for “clamping” in place while gluing. You can even make a drop in design, in case your storage needs change.

    Visit some of the Diorama web sites and videos for other great tips on working with foam core, those guys do all kinds of cool stuff with it.
    I'll check that out - I think Staples carry's it near me. I have been thinking of a drop in design so that I can also clean the box very easily in case, over time, some oil from the razors stain up the felt liner I plan to put in the bottom. Foam core sounds like a great medium with which to experiment - thanks!

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    All set with the internals, just to need fix everything permanently and apply the finish. Had to make a box joint jig for the table saw but it was a good experience. Next box will have these nice finger joints.



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