Simple Custom Playing Card Box

Simple Custom Playing Card Box
Walnut playing card box with padouk lid and brass hardware.

The Playing Card Box

One of the first boxes I made a few years back, a playing card box, to hold six decks of playing cards. I made it for my awesome in-laws as a thank you for a lot of help they gave us with our house after moving in. They enjoy playing card games when they have company over, so I thought this would be a great gift.

The Wood

I paired Walnut and Padouk for this box build. Both species of wood machine well with power tools and hand tools and look amazing. The bottom panel is 1/4″ plywood but the top panel is solid padouk. I didn’t have the ability at the time to saw a veneer for the top so I could use plywood for the added strength but given the smaller size, I was not too concerned with wood movement. A few years later, and it’s still straight and solid.

The Finish

At the time, I not only wasn’t a fan of the finishing process, I was unskilled with it (times have changed). I used a simple wipe-on finish from General Finishes, their Arm-R-Seal satin product. Wipes on like an oil and seals hard like a poly-urethane (it is an oil-urethane mix) leaving no wipe or brush marks.


I bought my resources locally, but identical (or near identical) items are available on Amazon. I put those links below.

General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin:

Adjustable Brass Ball Catch:

Simple Hinges:

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