First create a box in the perspective view port.
Next Right Click and convert to editable poly.
Next Save your model in a directory of your choosing.
Next I like to use a base color on my modeling so I have better control, so bring up your materiel editor, short key is M and apply a light brown color.
Next activate edge mode and select all the side edges.
Next apply a connection of 2, make your new lines so you get something like the image. I can not give you an exact distance or size here because everyone boxes are different sizes, however I used a pinch of 82.
Next select all the top and bottom polygons as seen here.
Next click Detach As Clone so you make a copy of the polygons.
Next Right Click on the main box object and chose Hide Unselected, so everything is hidden except your new polygons.
Next we want to ad the Shell modifier, so ad this through your modifier panel.
Next after you have applied the Shell modifier and increased its setting to something you like, apply another edit poly modifier and collapse tall the modifiers by Right Clicking and choosing Collapse All.
Next select the polygons of the top bar and while holding down Shift, drag a copy to the middle of your box.
Next you can do the same as the last step, but this time we want to rotate 90 degrees and then make two copies. Then attach everything so it all becomes one piece.
Next we are going to apply a Unwrap-UVW modifier to our model for texturing.
Next click on Open uv editor to view your mapping, the checkerboard box you see is where all our mapping should be place in.
Next chose Mapping then Normal Mapping, to open up the mapping box.
Next chose Box Mapping. You can try other options if you like, however in my experience box mapping is the best for mapping a box.
This is what you should end up with when using the box mapping. An important note here, this is only the mapping for the box object, all the panels we created will be separately mapped.
Next we need to texture all the planks, so we can do this two ways, first you can individually uv map each plank and position them on the checkerboard square.
You can just uv map one plank, then ad another edit poly modifier and collapse all your modifiers, then delete all the other planks that are not uv mapped and then re-copy your mapped plank, so now all your planks are mapped using the same map.
Do the same steps as before, and you should get something like this. The first set labeled one is for the box bands that will be going over the box. The second set labeled two is for the planks that will hold the box together.
Next click on Tools then Render UV Template.
Next step is to input your template size and then click Render UV Template. I like to use a large size, so I chose 4096 X 4096 you can always re-size later. Next Save your template to your modeling directory.
Next open up your new template in Photo shop.
Next use your magic wand tool and click on the black area, selecting everything. Next click on Select then Inverse to invert your selection.
Next copy and paste your new selection so you have a cutout. Name it cutout.
Next Right click your new cutout layer and chose Blending Options.
In Stroke settings give it a size 8.
Next create a new blank layer under your cutout layer and then Right click on your cutout layer and chose Merge Down.
Save your texture in your texture folder. I like using a TIF format because it keeps the layers and is very easy to save.
Next create a new layer between the cutout and background layer and fill it with a light brown color.
You should now have something like this.
Next we need to get our textures we will use with our model. There are many great texture websites available. These are my favorites.
look for some nice wood plank textures or wood board textures. Next bring those textures into photo shop and arrange them so they align up with your cutout like this.
Next go to 3DS Max and apply your new texture map you created in Photo shop. Once it is applied, any change you make to the original texture will automatically update on your model so you can see what it looks like as you work.
Next I filled the box bands with yellow as seen here.
Then I created some light black bands along the strips.
You get something like this in 3DS Max.
Next create the plank textures as seen here, use a wood texture for them.
Next we want to make our planks a little bit darker in color, so go to Image then Adjustments then Brightness/Contrast.
Use a setting of Brightness -42 and Contrast 67.
We should have something like this.
Next take your paint brush and create four small black dots at the end of one of your planks. These will be our bolts.
To make our bolts stand out we need to apply some Bevel and Emboss. So Right Click on your new bolt layer and chose Blending Options. Then give your bolts a size of 4 and a depth of 100.
Out model should look like this now.
Next we are going to create a label for our shipping crate. There is a really great website for doing this. http://www.warninglabelgenerator.com you can generate any kind of label to use on your 3d models or on anything.
When you have your label made, place it some place on your texture like this.
Keep looking at your model as you update your texture, you should now get something like this.
Next step is to create some text for your texture. I places some text on the box bands and on the box as well, this is what I did.
This is what we get after the text is applied.
The final texture has a bit of dirt on the box, I took some rust texture and placed it over the main texture then changed the blending mode to overlay.
This is the final render.