Alejo-2016-001a-paint-box

“Just remember, life is like a box of chocolates.” … “You know, they’ve got these chocolate assortments, and you like some but you don’t like others? And you eat all the ones you like, and the only ones left are the ones you don’t like as much? I always think about that when something painful comes up. “Now I just have to polish these off, and everything will be OK.’ Life is a box of chocolates.” – English translation, from Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Alejo-2016-001b-paint-box

First project I finished using a laser cutter. There is this website called makercase.com that one can use to generate a basic box design, with or without finger joints.I modified this design to work with my box idea, horizontally splitting the the side panels of the box to make a fitted cover. I designed a grid for the inside of the box to hold my oil tube paints. I like storing them cap side down, so the oil that separate from the pigment doesn’t accumulate on the cap and leaks out of the tube. Usually I prototype with corrugated cardboard (Amazon shipping boxes, Ikea flatbox packaging…), then laser cut baltic birch as a finished piece, but I actually like using the cardboard to hold the paints, since I’m not really moving them a lot and will mostly be put in storage in the back of my supply cabinet. If for some freak accident there’s an oil leak from the paint tube, then the cardboard should soak it up nicely. To build, I ran a bead of hot glue on the finger joints then folded them in place one at a time.

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