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  1. Steve Oakley

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    having made apple boxes in 1/2 ply, screws are crazy. they will split or just be way too critical in placement. use either brad nailer or narrow crown staples + glue when building. Vastly faster, better results.

    • Nick

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      screws can take some practice, but if pre-drilled and marked out properly you can use them – crown staples & glue are faster for sure

  2. john

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    since the advent of the cordless drill everybody is a carpenter forgetting about the basics as, pilot
    hole or clearance hole

    • Nick

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      not really sure what you mean but when I make these I like the fastener free look – when use screws, I make a pilot hole

  3. Ian j

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    Thank you for this Nick, much appreciated and the cutting list is a great time saver.

    • Nick

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      no problem – glad you found it useful!

  4. Daniel

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    Your plans are incredibly helpful. I was told by a woodworker at a specialty store that biscuits aren’t structural. What’s your experience with box failure from biscuit joinery?

    • Nick

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      thanks – biscuits aren’t really structural – I use them more for alignment

  5. Gee

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    Thanks Nick, buying Apple Boxes in Australia cost a fortune, so you’ve helped out three very grateful indy film makers down under.

    • Nick

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      So very cool to hear – glad the video helped you guys out!!!

  6. geektinker

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    thanks for making this video and providing the plans. I’m planning to make a set for me and a set for my local Hackerspace in St. Louis, Arch Reactor.

    • Nick

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      awesome – let me know how the project goes!

  7. Michael AAkin

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    Hi Nick. Thanks for the video and plans. What do you think the cost of materials should run? Also, how long should it take for a novice to make one set?

    • Nick

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      tool cost aside – baltic birch (what I used) should run around $45-55 or so – AC plywood, which is less expensive and commonly used for painted and unpainted boxes, should run $10-20 – for a beginner with limited tools, I’d just glue and nail it and omit the biscuits – that will hold just fine – you could add some screws if you pre-drill for them but they really aren’t needed – take your time building them, it’s not a race – might take 1-3 hours – any other questions let me know

  8. martin

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    hi nick, thanks for the video and the plans for apple boxes – that’s really helpful.
    can i just clarify your response to daniel’s comment re: “biscuits aren’t really structural”. Are you suggesting that if people are going to be sitting on the boxes, then we should also be using screws/nails to help add structural integrity, or do you think the biscuits and glue alone should suffice ?

    • Nick

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      as I built them, they will be plenty stable for just about anything you would throw at it – if properly glued, glue alone would be fine to have people sitting or standing on them – biscuits aren’t really meant to add structural stability to joints – they do slightly, but nothing to where you would design a joint to be structural merely by adding biscuits – with the exception of maybe to act as a spline for a miter, but that’s not what we have here – keep in mind if you use cheap plywood that the laminations aren’t strong, you can have weak apple boxes as well – hope that helps clear things up

  9. martin

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    @nick – great, that’s really clear, and really helpful.
    thanks for getting back so quickly to my question.

    • Nick

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      no problem!

  10. Virginia Dodson

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    What an awesome guy you are! This Grandma of 4 is a new photographer. I plan on many beautiful, fun filled sessions with these boxes. Thank you so much!

    • Nick

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      awesome – glad you liked it!

  11. Joe

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    Hi Nick,

    If I wanted to finish the boxes to look rustic, I should probably go with the cheaper plywood don’t you think? Also, do you have any articles on techniques for making wood look old?

    • Nick

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      for sure go with something cheaper – just not too cheap if you still want them to hold up weight – I don’t have anything up yet for aging wood but it’s something I want to show at some point

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