"The Box" Supply List
I've always loved learning new things in Photoshop, and stuff with a different perspective has always been fun to play around with. When I saw these "box" type photos a few years ago, I was really interested in learning how to create them. The only problem was that I needed to build a box large enough for people to fit in. Now, I'm pretty creative and even a little handy, but this was WAY out of my comfort zone. So, when my super handy, wood-working extraordinaire stepfather was coming to visit, I put him to work!
I showed Tim a picture of some of the boxes that people had been making out of white IKEA tables or plywood, and he said it would be an easy project (this, of course, being easy for someone as meticulous as him, and someone who can actually do square corners!). When I told him I needed to be able to take it apart for portability and storage, that threw him for a loop...for about 3 minutes.
Building the box is pretty difficult because every cut needs to be pretty dead-on in order for it to fit together perfectly and be sturdy enough for people to climb into. I'm making this post to outline the design he used/made, as well as encourage you to have someone who knows their way around tools and wood to build it for you.
1- 48" x 48" x 1/2" Plywood, back cut to size 47" x 47 7/8"
2- 16" x 47 3/4" x 3/4" Plywood, for base
2-23 3/4" x 47 3/4" x 3/9" Plywood, cut to 23 3/4" x 47 1/8" for the sides
1- straight edge
8 -door hinges with removable pins
6- barrel bolts
1- router with a bit to cut back notch or table saw
1- electric sander and 100 grit sandpaper
1- box of drywall screws
1- package 3/4" inch screws for hinges (screws it came with are too long)
1- package of 1/2" screws for barrel bolts (screws it came with are too long)
1- can of Ultra bright white paint in satin finish (or semi gloss for easier cleaning)
Mescellanious- hammer, gloves, drill, paint brush/roller,
*need to get handles for easier take-down and moving.
Tim set about cutting all the pieces to size for my 4x4x2 box that I wanted. We used the door hinges to make it easy to pull apart and store or move to a different location. Before screwing in the hinges with the shorter screws, he drilled and screwed in the drywall screws to hold it in place and make sure everything was square. Once the hinges were on, he took the drywall screws out.
The list above accounts for everything I purchased or needed for the task. I didn't have a table saw to make the notches he wanted, so we bought a router (about $350 cheaper than a table saw, however you can always rent one) and a bit. He also used the router for rounding the edges of the plywood so I wouldn't get splinters when messing around with it.
I sanded every corner and edge down, and painted the interior when it was all done. It took 3 coats of ultra pure white in a satin finish and I may still use a semi-gloss for easier clean-up.
Since "the box" cost me $350 to make (because the only tool I had was the sander), it was a small investment for, what I hope, will be popular sessions. I'm also considering renting out "the box" since it is difficult for the average person to make, and I'm all about sharing resources!
I do want to thank Jennifer Earle from the "In the box education" page on Facebook for her tutorials and creating a place for people to share their box-making ideas and tips for faster editing and Photoshop work! I will be doing another post with actual "In the Box" sessions with my set up, and I'm so excited to share my new session offerings!