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I recently posted photos of some clear deck boxes that I made for Summoner Wars and Sentinels of the Multiverse. It was requested that I post a tutorial on now to make them.

I recorded a video, which is now on YouTube. I'm linking to it from here. If there's a better forum please let me know.

The video is a little choppy and twice the camera crashed. I'm using my iPhone 4, and had too much video already on the phone. Sorry. I hope it's still helpful. I'm happy to answer any questions, but hope I was clear enough that you won't have any.

Thanks for watching!



http://youtu.be/QOTqQxWHHTQ
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nice idea. hadnt thought of using transparency plastic before. its creasing ability makes it ideal and sturdy
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Cool! I'll have to try that, thanks for sharing.
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Great idea! I think there's a market for such things...
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Nice post/idea.

Two thoughts:

1. I wonder if thicker laminator pouches would also work?

2. I use the tuckbox creation "powerpoint" file (that can be found elsewhere here on BGG?) and wonder if printing that framework to the transparency might be a quicker/easier way to get all the folds.

Will look into next time I need to make some boxes. Thanks again for sharing the idea.
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You ever travel to Delaware with your tools???

Great job
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wmreed wrote:
I'm happy to answer any questions, but hope I was clear enough that you won't have any.



Ooo, you're good!


In all seriousness, this is a great idea, and well executed.
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The only thing that I could think to add would be a tag of some kind to assist removing the boxed deck from the game box insert. After all, it will fit just that bit more snuggly than before.
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That's not been an issue with the games I've done this for, but I see your point. I think, however, that the "V" I make for removing the cards will give you a grabbing point.

If not, it would be simple enough to use one of the scraps cut out, and tape it on wherever a tab might work best.
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Excellent idea - I spent part of this evening following this for my new Smersh cards. ;-)

I modified the process in a couple of ways:

- When taping the back of the box together I placed some double-sided tape on the upper side of the lower flap (if that makes sense) to avoid it falling down into the inside of the box when the cards were removed, making it trickier to put them back.

- I didn't cut the v-shape, since my OCD made me annoyed that I couldn't get it perfectly even and centred. I tried using a circular punch to cut a round hole in the same way I've done in the past for card tuckboxes, but it bent and distorted the plastic... in the end I just cut the whole box about a centimetre shorter than the cards. They're still held in pretty well, and it makes it a lot easier to grab them to get them out.
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My wife has made these for our CO2 and Snowdonia cards today. She is thinking about adding a "velcro closed flap" to really hold them in, but the customization of each deck looks like it will not let the cards escape.
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(After leaving and returning to my stack of neatly-held-together decks of different thicknesses, there's another extra I'm going to have to add: labels on each one so that I know which deck it is that fits precisely into this particular box!)
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Bichatse wrote:
(After leaving and returning to my stack of neatly-held-together decks of different thicknesses, there's another extra I'm going to have to add: labels on each one so that I know which deck it is that fits precisely into this particular box!)


Interesting thought. Since I haven't actually pulled the decks out for a game, I've not run into that. But CABS is tomorrow night, so I'll find out. A small adhesive label on the bottom should be easy enough to add without blocking the view of the decks...
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I find that printing a tuckbox pattern directly on to atransparency works well. I use a utility knife to cut the lines, then use the back of the blade to score the bends.
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What stores carry transparency film? The pack of laminator pouches I have wasn't thick enough to suffice.
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I am constantly amazed at the creativity of this community and its eye for taking ordinary objects (like transparency film) and making it into something else!

Thank You! (I now have to go do this for every game I have.)
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trobriand wrote:
What stores carry transparency film? The pack of laminator pouches I have wasn't thick enough to suffice.


any office supply store will have them
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Tried it out yesterday evening. So cool! 10min and you have your transparent deck box.

Thanks a lot for sharing this!

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transparencies cost $40 a box at staples, so instead I got some sheet protectors from Walmart. Same material but thinner gage.
Still works and I found you do not need to cut out the notch on top of the box to get the cards out because the boxes made with the thin material is flexible enough you can squish the card out by pressing on the bottom of the box.
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Great idea and thanks for posting the mov. I am definitely going to experiment with transparencies to created deck holders for gameboard placement as it would be nice to place the tall sleeved Mythos cards on the board without all of them falling over. Most awesome! thumbsup
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Went to Staples today to make these boxes. Yeah, transparencies are $40+ a box. However, I found binding report covers (for those binding machines) at $13 for 25. It seems to be a little stiffer plastic. Hopefully, it will still work.


Edit: The Binding covers work great. Very stiff and easy to use. This is a great thing for your cards! http://www.staples.com/Fellowes-Crystals-Binding-Presentatio...
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Excellent! Great follow-up ideas! I had a box of transparencies in the file cabinet so that's what I pulled out, but what you guys are doing makes total sense!

I'm glad my idea is working for you!

Bill
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manko wrote:
transparencies cost $40 a box at staples, so instead I got some sheet protectors from Walmart. Same material but thinner gage.
Still works and I found you do not need to cut out the notch on top of the box to get the cards out because the boxes made with the thin material is flexible enough you can squish the card out by pressing on the bottom of the box.

I've kept this most excellent project in my mind since March, yesterday I was in Austin, where I do not live, and dropped by a Goodwill where I found a full box of 100 for $2.99.
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Have fun!

Thanks. I plan on using this for Dominion and two expansions. With that volume, I'll be able to make one for size, and then cut all the rest before assembling.
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