7 Wonders Custom Foam Core Insert

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have recently seen a short video we posted of a custom foam core insert I made for 7 Wonders.  I love 7 Wonders!  It's one of my favorite games of all time, a gateway game I've used to get many new players into the hobby, and just overall a beautifully designed and drawn game.

 

That said, with the advent of new expansions like Leaders and Cities, I was left with a lot of tokens, a lot more cards, and not wanting to have to tote around the main box with all these things flying around, or the extra boxes as well.  So, enter our good friend Foam Core, some patience, and some designing and viola; an answer!

 

That all said, several of you asked for the plans or information on how to make it, so I've gone ahead and made the below video for you with more details, as well as modestly rendered drawing with details on the piece sizes.

NOTE: If you use the optional bottom insert, the below dimensions will result in your inner panels being slightly higher than the outer panels.  If you like, that is ok, if you don't, you can shorten the inner panels from 2 1/2" H to 2 5/16" H to make them equal height when sitting on the bottom piece. - Thanks to @MajMalfunction for that catch!

You should be able to save the below picture as a reference too if you like and the video should explain most everything you need to know.  It's a fairly easy thing once you have the dimensions down.  Also, the triangle dividers, which are completely optional, were just an idea I wanted to try but they work well, for me at least.

 

Supplies I used:

  • 3/16" Thick Foam Core - I bought a 4 pack of 20" x 30" at Michaels Hobby Store
  • X-acto Knife - w/ standard blade
  • Self Healing Cutting Board
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive (2 oz Tube, again, from Michaels Hobby Store)
  • Standard Ruler

 

Allow for 24 hours of drying time for the glue, but while you are setting things up, it'll be liquid enough to move things around as needed before finally setting.  I left mine in the box after assembled, overnight, without the cards/boards/tokens in it to dry and it worked great.

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