A Cube Owner’s Christmas Wish-List Fulfilled
How much is your cube worth? Enough that it doesn’t leave your home, where you can use it safely amongst your most loyal friends? Enough to forbid food/drink from gracing the same table? Enough to lock it up in a well-fortified safe? Maybe the last one is a bit extreme. But how do you store your cube? Do you have 10 separate deck boxes that are quite cumbersome to carry around and lack organization like my friend, Tom Martell? Or maybe you have a $3 box of cardboard with 10 separate compartments. This is what I previously used to house my 720 card, foiled-out, pauper cube.
It served its purpose of protecting and transporting my cube quite well. The separate compartments allows for color separation if I wanted it. My only gripes with it was that the lid would fall off easily and the cardboard didn’t protect from the rain if I ever was bold enough to venture out into the wild with it. Plus, and most importantly, it lacks swag. If you want everyone to know what a big deal your cube is then you need something made from rich mahogany.
When I had to come up with an idea for something I wanted for Christmas, I thought that a pimped-out cube storage device is what my cube deserved. So I looked up mtgboxes.com from a business card that I found at the ChannelFireball store, but the website was not useful (it’s still a work in progress.) Good thing my father, a medical director for a major pharmaceutical company, has an alter-ego as a professional woodsmith. In fact, he has built his basement to be his own personal wood shop.
I spent part of my time over my Christmas holiday in New Jersey sanding and staining our project. My dad was the true brains behind the operation, though. He derived a blueprint of what we would build entirely from the picture I sent him (first picture in the article) and the dimensions of my cardboard box and that of a sleeved-up magic card.
Work in Progress
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[WOOD CUTOUTS (2)]
We decided to create free-standing cut-outs for the dividers. They aren’t bound by screws or glue at all, so I can customize how many compartments I want at any time. Right now my cube is in flux – I’m still deciding what cards to cut (I’m currently at 800+ cards and a few new ones from GateCrash are bound to be on the way). I like to over-include cards from new sets and have them underperform and then get cut from the team rather than never give the card a fair tryout. Once I prune the weakest links and cut it down to 720 it will be better to remove some dividers and mix everything together randomly so I don’t need to shuffle much before each draft. The only separation needed will be for draftable cards from basic lands, tokens, and extra sleeves. For an updated list of what makes the cut in my common’s cube, check out
The Finished Product in All It’s Glory
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If you are interested in acquiring a cube briefcase for your own, send me a message and I’ll fill you in on the details – customization, cost, shipping, etc. If you are interested in protecting your cube and doing so with swagger, then this is an investment worth making. Here are some of the materials and specs on my cube briefcase.
This project was the incarnation of our prototype design. Some improvements on future productions are already in place. First off, the wood used was more heavy-duty than necessary. A less dense wood-type will suffice. The dimensions were also slightly too big, since we figured a box too big is still functional, whereas a box too small cannot serve it’s purpose. Slimming the edges and overall length will help cut down the weight and make it easier to lug around. The hardware (hinges, brackets, and handle) seems to work fine but doesn’t feel heavy-duty compared to other products my father has used on different projects.
Length: 22 inches
Width: 10 inches
Height: 4.5 inches
Weight (with cards inside): 20 pounds – heavy duty!
Wood Type: Oak
Dr. Chris Baker | ChannelFireball Team Chiropractor