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Peter Mumford
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does anyone know where to find nice boxes for homebrew games? I don't want to re-purpose a published game or jigsaw puzzle box. lots of online apparel boxes are only available in bulk lots.
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Print & Play Productions

I sell nice boxes (scroll down to "boxes").

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The boxes used for Coast to Coast Rails are from uline.com, Item S-10708

They are about the size of the older, flat Mayfair box.
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If your homebrews are small enough, you could do them all by yourself:

Dungeonquest in my Pocket v2.0 (PDF) - this file contains instructions on how to craft a little box.

Be sure to add the result to this list:
Games that fit into little boxes
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These are awesome:

http://www.uline.ca/Product/Detail/S-10708/Specialty-Boxes/8...

They fit a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper which means you can print all you player aids ect on letter and use standard letter sticker sheets to print the graphics for the box.
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Some games can fit in a vhs case which can make a decent presentation.
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It isn't hard to make your own telescoping boxes (just like regular game boxes). Here's a tutorial I did on BGDF.

You can skip the cutting fence and cutting block unless you want to make several of the same size. For just one box, measure carefully and use razor knife to cut and score.
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MK-Ultra71 wrote:
These are awesome:

http://www.uline.ca/Product/Detail/S-10708/Specialty-Boxes/8...

They fit a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper which means you can print all you player aids ect on letter and use standard letter sticker sheets to print the graphics for the box.


I went to a local paper supply store and they had pretty much the same thing, so you might be able to get some locally if you need a smaller quantity. Here the store was Arvey's, and the cost was $1.40 each. They're designed to hold letterhead paper, so that's what you might ask for if you're calling around.

Here's a photo of one inside a Age of Steam box lid.

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You're in Seattle? Go to any of the many thrift stores and look in the basket/nicknack/silverware/tupperware/box sections. For big boxes you can pick up your grandmother's antique silverware/flatware box with the hinged lid. Some even have drawers.


Rip out the interior and refelt it. Strip/sand the outside and apply a varnish. Most of the ones that make it into thrift stores are not heavy duty, but are far sturdier than any cardboard box and not all that heavy.
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Hello. I use Stockholm Office Storage Boxes for this purpose and am very pleased with how they look and function. They come in two sizes (letter and legal) and have a variety of color choices. See them here:

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/paperStorage/boxes...

and similar Library Office Storage Boxes for some more color options:

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/paperStorage/boxes...

Hope that helps!


 
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BigD145 wrote:
You're in Seattle? Go to any of the many thrift stores and look in the basket/nicknack/silverware/tupperware/box sections. For big boxes you can pick up your grandmother's antique silverware/flatware box with the hinged lid. Some even have drawers.


Rip out the interior and refelt it. Strip/sand the outside and apply a varnish. Most of the ones that make it into thrift stores are not heavy duty, but are far sturdier than any cardboard box and not all that heavy.


Lol, I just saw one at thrift store that looks almost exactly like that.

They were asking $14.99 for it.

 
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Wooden tea-boxes are also pretty good. Divided into little sections and sold full of teabags. Generally these boxes are smaller than a cutlery set, but they are just as solid. They are a popular Christmas gift, so expect them to appear in second-hand shops in about 3 months laugh

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Helljin wrote:


Lol, I just saw one at thrift store that looks almost exactly like that.

They were asking $14.99 for it.



Too much and likely too heavy. The cheap ones should be under 5 bucks. Every so often you can also find cigar boxes, which are also fairly sturdy.
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BigD145 wrote:
Helljin wrote:


Lol, I just saw one at thrift store that looks almost exactly like that.

They were asking $14.99 for it.



Too much and likely too heavy. The cheap ones should be under 5 bucks. Every so often you can also find cigar boxes, which are also fairly sturdy.


Your right it was pretty heavy and no way to latch the drawer and top closed.
 
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I was tempted to grab a huge one that could have held a Splotter Spielen gamebox, but it was a bit heavy. Also avoided a standard sized one with a glued on cardboard bottom.

Adding latches is easy. Besides, your cardboard box doesn't have one.
 
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