Some day when my ship comes in I’m going to buy a gorgeous sterling silver etrog box. But until that time, I’ve got to make do with what I’ve got. And what do I have? LEGO.
Playing with LEGO is one of my favorite things to do with my son. I think LEGO is a fantastic toy because you can create new toys out of it whenever you want. Over the years I’ve become quite handy at making things in LEGO. I’ve made the Mars Rover, an aircraft carrier (complete with airplanes), and a viking ship in the shape of a dragon. Some of those projects took me days to complete but this one is really easy and only requires basic building skills and blocks. The LEGO etrog box opens and closes with a sliding top…oooh.
For an etrog box like the one I’ve made, you will need an assortment of smooth narrow (1x) pieces, regular 1x pieces, flat “plates” and pieces, and regular 2x building blocks. To make the top and bottom of the box, if you don’t have a large enough single plate, you can make a mosaic of plates held together by another mosaic of plates. The star is really easy, just 6 1x pieces of the same length. The top has one raised edge so when it is closed it has a seamless appearance.
To make the lid slide, you just use the smooth 1x pieces. Raise the edge on three sides so the lid has guides to follow.
Now an etrog is about the size of a small grapefruit, so I planned the box big enough to accommodate that. But the beauty of this box being made out of LEGO is that if it isn’t big enough…I can make it bigger!