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ericcolumbus
« on: August 15, 2012 05:20:40 PM »

Aloha!

I've looked all over the website for a very long time, but I'm still not sure where to post this question:

I have several very nice wooden boxes that can hold trinkets and such. The only problem is that the boxes are too lightweight and I'd like to figure out a way to add weight to the boxes in a way that won't diminish their appearance, cost too much money, or require a graduate degree in art/woodworking to accomplish.

I did consider having metal sheets cut and then gluing them directly onto the wood. I found a problem with that alternative when I was measuring the insides of boxes. Although they are all approximately the same size, the metal pieces would need to be cut to the correct size of the smallest box to ensure they'd fit the rest. And then I would need to use epoxy or something similar to make up any "empty" space in the corners of the other boxes. After some thought, it just felt too "clumsy".

Another idea I have is to use a soldering iron to melt metal right onto the wood at the bottom of the box. I've looked everywhere to see if there is any metal that is dense enough, yet can be melted using a standard soldering iron. Ideally, the metal wouldn't rust or become corrosive over time. If it didn't look nice once melted onto the bottom surface of the box, I could easily cover it with glue and felt or something like it.

That's just one idea I've thought of though and it doesn't seem to be panning out for me. If anyone can help me to figure out my dilemma using metal or through any other means, I'll send you one of the boxes that I am able to renovate successfully.

I know there must be a simple, yet elegant solution out there somewhere. And I'm hoping that members of this forum will put me onto it!

Thank you!  ;-)

Eric

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http://www2.hawaii.edu/~napier/DecorativeBox.jpg
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Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012 02:39:13 AM »

You could think outside the box! (Sorry, I couldn't help it).

If you stuck the metal plate to the bottom (underneath) the box and then covered it in felt it would provide both the weight and some scratch protection.
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012 04:59:32 AM »

I have a few of these in various sizes and they are very light. Taking in mind what Antidigger wrote, Maybe adding to that little feet to the box under the heavier base. And if you can solder, the base will have that vintage,\antique look to it.
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ericcolumbus
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012 11:52:50 AM »

Thanks, Antidigger and Jinjeet Phoenix!

I like both of your ideas very much (and your humor, A!). Any ideas about what type of metal to use? Or how to deal with variance in sizes of metal to box bottom without this project becoming too time-consuming? J., what are those little feet you mentioned called?

Mahalo again!

Wallace
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012 01:39:11 PM »

By "little feet" I meant that you can maybe adhere something heavy to act as feet for the bottom of the box to give it more weight. Anything heavy, a heavy bead, bolt, etc. anything you have on hand. Just look into a miscellaneous drawer and you may come up with four of something that will fit in with what you need.  As Antidigger wrote...Look outside of the box.Take a look at the alters people have been making here from little tins to give you an idea. There are some truly inspiring people and their work here.
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