Laser-Cut: MTG Mana Station Box

My Lands Need A Home

After ditching the standard cardboard card holders and upgrading to a wood box from Hobby Lobby for my EDH Magic the Gathering cards I realized I was using a lot of box real estate on my basic mana cards.

Laser cut Magic The Gathering label dividers for art supply box
Laser cut Magic The Gathering label dividers for art supply box

I had just purchased some Danish Oil and I wanted to see what a more natural raw looked like since up to this point I had just been staining or spray painting all the wood projects like my Cards Against Humanity box.

Watco Danish Oil with Varathane Polyurethane
Watco Danish Oil with Varathane Polyurethane

 

I dimensioned the box to hold cards in sleeves and I figured about 150 of each mana type plus about 150 non basic lands should be the length I need. I got a design I liked and let the laser cutter do its work. To prep the box for assembly I pre-sanded the surfaces with a 220 grit paper being sure to sand with the grain. I wanted keep the laser cut burnt ends look so I didn’t sand the edges but instead just wiped them down with a damp rag to get the soot off to assure the glue would make a solid bond.

Assembly

A quick trip to Harbor Freight and I obtained a few clamps of various sizes. Using small paint brush I applied the most minimal amount of glue I felt reasonable so I would have the least amount of glue to wipe away with a damp rag and damp cotton swabs after the clamps squeezed the glue out of the joints. I was exceptionally diligent about removing all excess glue to make sure the Danish oil would be able to get into the wood pours and not have them filled with glue on the visible surfaces thus creating unstained  areas of blotchyness.

Magic the Gathering Mana Station Lid Assembly

I repeated this process for the box base and I was ready to sand away any glue I missed with a 220 grit paper. The box was then ready to be sanded. Here’s a image of the assembled box in its raw state without any Danish oil or sealer applied.

Magic the Gathering Mana Station

A Finished Worthy Mana Station

After reading the back of the Danish Oil container and watching a couple of YouTube videos I had a good feeling of how to not mess that process up. I turned out pretty good.

Magic the Gathering Mana Station
Magic The Gathering Mana Station laser cut box

For Some reason the box came out a bit two-toned on just the front section. Not sure why but this could be a large section of the “blochy” issues that can occur with softer woods. I might need to start using a wood conditioner before staining as I heard that the addition of the conditioning step prevents that.

Magic the Gathering Mana Station

Magic the Gathering Mana Station

 

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2 thoughts on “Laser-Cut: MTG Mana Station Box”

    1. At moment we are not posting any patterns for laser cutting. After we’ve completed all Kickstarter orders and have reworked our website we will start adding files and insert order options.

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