I made a box for my friend Elise. She wanted something to keep her needlework supplies in — Something that she could leave on the living room coffee table.
This spine box is 9 x7 x 2 1⁄2. The box is made of Davey board and covered in an Italian paper. The spine and inner lid liner are book cloth and the bottom of the box is lined with cork paper.
All told it takes me about 6 hours to make a box like this if haven’t made one in that particular size before. If I’ve already worked out the cut dimensions (and remembered to write them down) I can build one of these in about 4 hours. That doesn’t count the drying times. Because I cut my PVA with methyl cellulose the drying time is about double that of straight PVA. I find it worth while to get a longer “open” time. It does slow down construction though as I have to wait at least an hour — better two for pieces to be dry enough to be handled.