I have been doing strobist work on portraits after I reconnected with my uncle who does commercial photography for a living (check out his work at www.jinggomontenejo.com) since he got back from the US. I also took up strobist and portraits classes from other established Filipino photographers. Upon learning about lighting ratios, highlights, and shadows, I have been fond of reverse-engineering or analyzing photos that I see everywhere. Sometimes when I am in the mall, I just stop walking when I see an interesting photos of fashion and apparel endorsers. And since then, I have been very interested in those very defined rim lights, which I learned later on, that you can create with a gridded strip box.
I did not want to spend another 2,500 at least for a quick-open strip box, and so I scoured the internet for a DIY solution. I cam across the Saber Strip and found it somewhat cool because of the lighting options it can do and its portability. And so I thought, why not build one myself? it would not cost me that much, and if it doesn't turn out good for my intended purpose of great rim lighting, then I would not have a hard time selling it at a loss.
Here is how I built my strip box:
I then found a piece of white foam from other old boxes and put it in the opening of the box so as to act as a filler, since the box is square and flash heads are mostly rectangular.
Afterwards, I got a few more pieces of cardboard and made it black with gaffers tape. I attached one piece each to both ends of the flaps so as to complete the recessed box design, hopefully for more directional control of light.