MAKE Section Editor Charles Platt has a series of great moving tips in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools:

Make handles from half-inch plastic water pipe sawn into 5″ lengths. My local Lowe’s sold me six feet of pipe for around $3 and you can use any wood saw to cut it. You may feel this is a luxury, but if you want to protect your hands from the edges of the plastic tape, handles are nice to have.

Thread tape through handle.


Turn box upside-down and cross the tape ends.


Turn box right-side-up and thread one of the returning tape ends through the handle.


Add the buckle.


After pulling the tape tight, your box is now very easy to carry.


Moving Tips

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • David Veloz

    Transporting my Steampunk LCD to the Maker Faire on an airplane was difficult, because Steampunk items tend to be bulky. I had stowed the unwieldy screen in a very big box. I wanted to encourage bagging handlers to keep the thing right side up. Arrows and markings could easily be ignored so I thought I should add a handle. I googled “how to make your own box handles”. Didn’t find anything. Created a rope handle, but not as nice as this.