This post is about the measurements and cutting the cardboard to make this file folder box.
You might want to take a moment and jot these measurements down. The box parts are listed next to the dimensions.
Hefting that 50 pound…I think it gets heavier each time I lift it…..industrial paper cutter to the table. I prepared to be underwhelmed by the cuts. HOWEVER, this thing cuts right through cardboard as if it were a single sheet of paper. It spits the rest of the cardboard out the back after the cut and I have to go chase after it.
Having the extension down didn’t help one single bit. The cut cardboard shot right off anyway.
Here are the cuts. Two (2) 10 inch by 12 inch. Front and back panels.
Two (2) 3 inch by 12 inch. These are the box bottom and the box top.
Two (2) 3 inch by 10 inch pieces for the two sides.
And, lastly, the flap piece. One (1) 2 inch by 12 inch piece.
This is the scrap left over from the cutting. Oh, and a little strip from a mis-measured piece.
The last bit of cutting and prep work before building the box is about to happen. Structure strips need to be made. Get out your craft card stock. I used four (4) sheets of the card stock. Cutting the sheets into 1 inch strips.
Next, score the strips at 1/2 inch using a score board.
When you have finished the last strip, go take a break or do something else for a while. Your poor finger will thank you.
Tomorrow’s post will be all about assembling the box. Hope your finger is better by then. It won’t have a permanent crease. I promise.