Friday, November 27, 2015

NOEL Blocks Ensemble Assembly Guide

Four "block" boxes measuring 
approx. 3.5" wide x 7.25" tall x 2" deep are constructed 
as base and lid, with inner strut support strips, 
then glued together to form block box. 
Accent offset rectangle block front is decorated with layered letters 
and "harlequin" style decorative letters. 
Great for mantel, shelf or table display. 

NOTE this tutorial is borrowing photo images
from a different box ensemble; notations of differences will be made.
Identify and cut the shapes. 
Each of the boxes is composed of: 
1) LID rectangle with 'T' symbol and two boxing strips;
2) BASE and two boxing strips that have oval symbol cut in tab;
3) pair of STRUT inner supports; 4) ACCENT box rectangle front (red); 
and . . . 
. . . 5) LETTER offset, base and accent arrows (representative O shown).

2. Prepare the boxing strips by bending back tabs,
bending back at vertical perforation lines.
3. Beginning with LID, align one side (long) edge of rectangle
over matching tab of one boxing strip, adjust so that top and
bottom match up and that rectangle edge and tab perforations are
as perfectly aligned as possible, then glue in place.
4. Bend boxing strip to align the adjacent short rectangle edge
and tab, adjust and glue in place.

5. Align and attach second boxing strip end by overlapping
straight end edge over tab, adjusting and gluing in place.
6. Bend the third boxing side into position at rectangle edge
and glue in place.
7. Bend final boxing side into position and at the same time
bend end tab back to tuck under and align with first strip end. . . 
. . . and glue both side/tab and end/tab in place.
(Apply pressure along top edges as shown to assist
with joining of edges and tabs.)
8. Repeat steps 2-8 with BASE rectangle and boxing strips.
9. Prepare support STRUTS by bending at the half perforation
line, and also bending end tabs back slightly.
10. Apply glue to the end tabs, then insert into the BASE
with the center "pointy" touching the inner surface of one
end, face surface of tabs touching sides; glue in place.
Repeat for both struts.
 11. Prepare the letter shapes by layering and attaching
the offset base shape, the letter shape, then the accent shapes.
Letter 'O' is shown here. NOTE that the "arrow" accent
shapes for the 'O' are slightly curved (i.e., use the arrow shapes
with the particular letter with which they are associated when
the cut file opens).
NOTE the suggested coloration will place contrast arrows
over upper accent or onto letter shape, as shown.
12. Position (centered side to side, top to bottom)
letter assemblies over accent box front rectangle and glue in place.
13. Position rectangle assembly over LID (centered) 
and glue in place. (NOTE that completing the attachment
to LID at this stage of the assembly will allow the LID to be
turned face down on table surface to apply thorough pressure
to achieve maximum adhesion of front panel to LID.)
14. Assemble the "block" by sliding the LID over the BASE
(this image shows a different project as mentioned).
The fit is intentionally snug.
Apply adhesive between the walls of LID and BASE to join.


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  2. bonjour,
    noel en francais c'est super je suis ravie merci
    bien cordialement