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Old 10-23-2005, 11:56 AM Thread Starter

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Measuring Boxes

I am emabarrassed to say I cannot figure out how to interpret the Dynamic Calculator for determing the sizes of the pieces to make a box. I do not understand what is ment by the "Width" and "Length". Let's say I want to make a box. If I am facing the front of the box, then the demensions are: 11" across X 6" deep X 5 3/4" high. I'm using 3/4" material.
The calculator results keep refering to the "Width" and "Length" of the Top and Bottom, Sides, and Front and Back. I understand the top and bottom would be 6" X 11". After that, I'm confused.

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Old 10-23-2005, 01:27 PM

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I am emabarrassed to say I cannot figure out how to interpret the Dynamic Calculator for determing the sizes of the pieces to make a box. I do not understand what is ment by the "Width" and "Length". Let's say I want to make a box. If I am facing the front of the box, then the demensions are: 11" across X 6" deep X 5 3/4" high. I'm using 3/4" material.
The calculator results keep refering to the "Width" and "Length" of the Top and Bottom, Sides, and Front and Back. I understand the top and bottom would be 6" X 11". After that, I'm confused.

Woodflow
I'm not familiar with the "dynamic calculator" you're talking about but maybe I can add some help.

I assume you are talking about the dimensions of a completed box? If so:

The front and back peices should be 4 1/4" high by 11" wide.
The side peices should be should be should be 4 1/4" high by 4 1/2 wide.
The bottom and top peices should be 11" wide by 6" deep.

The side peices should be joined to the front and rear peices on the inside edge of the front and rear peices. This accounts for the 1 1/2" variation in the width. The thickness of the front and rear peices added to the width of the side peices totals 6" for a finished width.

The bottom and top peices should be attached directly to the top and bottom. You will now have a box that meets your required dimensions.

If you attached the bottom peice to the inside edges of the front. back and sides then increase your height from 4 1/4" to 5". The dimensions of your bottom peice would then be 10 1/4" X 5 3/4".

I hope this doesn't add to the confusion? Good luck.

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Old 10-23-2005, 02:30 PM
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You may want to try: http://routerworkshop.com/calculator.html

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Old 10-23-2005, 02:50 PM

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OH - that's a dynamic calculator. lol

Thanks Mark.

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Thanks Mark for posting the Link! I can use that on my next project.
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Old 10-23-2005, 10:09 PM
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Setup a forum which provides links to the dynamic calculators

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Old 10-30-2005, 01:52 PM
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I am emabarrassed to say I cannot figure out how to interpret the Dynamic Calculator for determing the sizes of the pieces to make a box. I do not understand what is ment by the "Width" and "Length". Let's say I want to make a box. If I am facing the front of the box, then the demensions are: 11" across X 6" deep X 5 3/4" high. I'm using 3/4" material.
The calculator results keep refering to the "Width" and "Length" of the Top and Bottom, Sides, and Front and Back. I understand the top and bottom would be 6" X 11". After that, I'm confused.

Woodflow
Lets first understand your box. There are 3 dimensions of the finished box. Length of the box, width of the box and the height of the box.

If 11" across is the length of the box then the measurement of the top and bottom length is 11" and the length of the large sides is 11".

The width of the box would be the 6" deep then that would make the width of the top and bottom 6" and the length of the small sides at 5 1/4". (6" minus one material thickness)

The height of the box would be the 5 3/4", which would make the width of the small and large sides at 5". (Again 5 3/4" minus one material thickness)

#of pieces........Width....X....Length..........X..... Thickness............Description
2-..................6"........X......11"............ X..........3/4".............Top/bottom
2-..................5".......X.......11"............ X..........3/4".............Large sides
2-..................5"......X.......5 1/4"........X..........3/4".............Small sides

This box is made of the rabbet joint cut around the top and bottom and across the two ends of the large pieces. The depth of the cut is set are 1/2 the material thickness.

You can get a detail plan by following this link

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Old 12-11-2005, 01:50 PM
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Woodflow, You are not the only one confused, even after the explaination(s).
I have always understood 'Length and width' used when referring to two dimensions.
Three dimensions use the terms: width, depth, and height. In your case 11" would be the width, 6" deep (front to back), and 5 3/4" overall height. (Or it could be 6" wide and 11" deep..same difference.)
The problem most likely comes from a person's (work/experience) background.
I guess that's the reason I always make drawings prior to starting most any job.
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Old 12-14-2005, 01:18 PM
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I work in the cardboard carton industry (making saw dust is a hobby). The established practice, for box dimenions in our country and Canada is:

The Length is always the larger of the two dimensions of the open face of the box and the width is the smaller of the two. The depth is always the distance measured perpendicular to the length and width. Dimensions are always given length, width and depth in that order.

I would expect wood boxes to have the same. Note: cardboard boxes are always measured using the inside dimensions. I'm sure that is not necessarily true of wood.

I hope this helps. Berry
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