boxed set (SCAL)
One night last week, I stayed up very late working on a gable box, just because I wanted one that was a bit different than what I had seen, and the concept intrigued me. Little did I know how complicated it would be to design just the right length of the top panels and put the slots exactly where they needed to be. After much experimentation, I finally found the right mathematical combination and it worked! Once I designed a short gable box, it was easy to increase the height, so now I have a pair of them. I really like how they came out.
I designed these in SCAL and used only three shapes: trapezoid (top handles, bottom outside flaps, tabs), rectangle (sides, slots for tabs, bottom inside flaps), and oval (top side flaps, slots in the top handles.) Unlike other gable boxes I have seen lately, this one uses small tabs that are placed at a 60 degree angle to hook through the small slots in the oval flaps on either side of the handles. If this seems like too much math to put up with, please understand that I love the opportunity to use the skills that my Honors Geometry teacher taught us. When I taught kids, I always looked for real world connections to show that the stuff we were doing had a purpose.
On to the important stuff for crafters:
The scoring is pretty clear if you use the edges of the sides to guide you. If it’s not obvious, please let me know and I’ll post a photo. Be careful to carefully match the end flap to the sides in order for everything to line up correctly. NOTE: there are two horizontal score lines and four vertical score lines.
Each box has a base that measures 3.5″ across and 2″ deep.
The short gable box has a main compartment that is 2.5″ tall. The entire short box is 4.5″ tall when closed.
The tall gable box has a main compartment that is 4″ tall. The entire tall box is 6″ tall when closed.
Each box takes one 12″ by 12″ sheet of card stock. I would recommend using card stock that is strong but also somewhat flexible in order to achieve the graceful curve of the handles that come together at the top. The paper you use should take a crease easily. I used card stock from The Paper Company for the short orange box, and Wausau Classic Card Stock (pearlized finish) for the tall yellow box. Both of these are available at Target and Michaels.
I tend to like my boxes without embellishments, but please feel free to add anything you might like to these boxes. I can imagine these in Christmas colors, and I’m sure I will make use of the short one for Halloween treats.
Each box takes three pieces of double sided tape to hold it together. I recommend Scor-Tape. It’s strong, really stays put, and the price is right.
Please download the SCAL 1 files through the links below:
ANNIE’S SHORT GABLE BOX: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?knwyomxltc2
ANNIE’S TALL GABLE BOX: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?libtwgd3rzn
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