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Various types of box lids

There are many different ways to design the interface between the lid and the base of a box. Which design is best is highly dependent on the overall shape of the box, but, of course, always a matter of taste. The drawings shows a number of different designs.

1+2 are the ones that I usually use. The rather minor difference is only visible when the lid is off.

1. This design gives the box base the most smooth outher side when the lid is off.

2. may be a little easier to turn.

3. has the disadvantage that the lid rests directly on the inner surface of the box. This surface is usually sanded making it more difficult to achieve a proper fit. A solution to this problem is to turn the base first and the lid thereafter. The advantage of this design is that the top rim of the box base is smooth and doesn't have a recess.

4. has the same problems with the fitting of the lid as design 3. Again, a solution is to turn the lid after the base of the box. It is not a common type of lid, but it can give a nice design.

5. gives the possibility to have a totally smooth underside on the lid.

6+7 may be used if the lid is allowed to be loose. Both designs give the possibility of a more soft and smooth rim on base and lid giving totally new possibilities compared to design 1-5.


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