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So I made a thing, and I'm happy with it, and I thought it might be worth a thread in case anyone else thinks it's a good idea.

Innovation, Deluxe Edition, card racks that fit in the original box for free!*:



* Assuming you buy milk cartons anyway and have some basic crafting supplies lying around.

All you need is some milk/juice cartons, some wood glue or similar, a craft knife, and some paperclips or similar (oh, and some card - I used packaging from some make-up promotion). Sandpaper is optional.



First step is to fold back the insert that came in the box to make three wells. The centre well stores three un-racked decks, while each side well stores two racks and a pre-racked deck. I know this may seem like a bit of a compromise, but I want the core deck on the table, not a rack, and I've yet to find anyone to play an expansion with, let alone all four, so the prospect of maybe having to put two decks on racks during setup if I ever do isn't so burdensome.



My local two-litre cartons come pre-folded, are sturdy, easy to craft, and thin enough to fit in the box with upright cards.

First, cut a carton down the seam to fold it out flat, then cut horizontally into two strips just wider than a card and discard the rest.

For nearly all Japanese milk cartons, each strip comes pre-folded every 70 mm. Fold each of the three full-length carton face down at 32 mm and up at 63 mm to get triangular ridges that are about 32 mm x 31 mm x 8 mm.


(red lines indicate fold down, blue indicate fold up)

I sanded the inner face of the short carton face, and the outer face of the bottom of each ridge. Then you glue three folded-up strips together, using the paperclips to hold them together while the glue dries.

The back-end you fold similarly, doubling back under the rack to maintain the shape.

The front you can fold to make a small ridge with room for a label.



This all happens to fit nicely in the box, but would be a pain to remove with cards pre-racked, so an additional strip of card to help lift it out comes in handy (the gold tabs at front and back of each card rack).



The two remaining racks can be up-ended on top of the racked cards for storage.

I'm going to finish up the build by dividing the central well into three, so I can ditch the deck box spacers.

Thanks for reading!
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