I’ve been letting my inner packaging nerd have its own way this evening. I need to wrap up Lava Flow in order to submit it on Friday, and the question of how best to do this has been preying on my mind in the wee small hours. It’s too long and thin for a standard box size and it’s too textured to be rolled like a scarf. In the wee small hours one can devise all kinds of fantastical methods for dealing with such problems but I think the option I’ve gone for is pretty straightforward: a homemade box.
On Sunday I bought a standard flat pack box at Staples, but, rather than fold it along the designated lines, I have cut it up into long pieces. Because of those designated lines, however, it wouldn’t be terribly stable just made of cardboard. So I commissioned the trusty Stuart to cut up some cheap battening to make the sides of the box. (It doesn’t need to be very deep, after all.) And then I glued the batten pieces to the cardboard and Stuart let me play with the clamps. Woohoo! I like the clamps. The base of the box now looks like this:
My first thought for the top of the box was just to use another rectangle of cardboard and staple it into the battens, but the packaging nerd rose up and pointed out that this was not a very flexible format and that a proper lid would be preferable. So, while the first two lengths of batten were adhering, I made a lid.
Can you see the problem? The lid is in fact wide enough — it’s just sitting away from the clamps — but, yes, it is about 7 cm too short.
Slaps forehead and has a cup of tea.
It’s a bit hard to tell for sure (the clamps being now attached to the other two sides), but this one does seem more promising.
I’m planning to line the box with acid-free paper and then stitch Lava Flow gently to the bottom with some nylon line. The main challenge between now and Friday is to make sure that nobody chews either box or lid. Especially not the lid.