The sign for
"box" uses flat hands to show the sides and then bent hands to show the
front and back of the box. I tend to use my non-dominant hand as the
outward side of the box and my dominant hand as the side nearest to my body,
but it really isn't an issue. You could do it the other way. The point is to
show the sides and then front and back of the box.
Note: The sign BOX can also be interpreted as "ROOM." While it is true
that there is an initialized form of the sign ROOM that uses "R" handshapes,
it is not necessary to initialize the sign when the meaning "of" room is
clear from the context of the sentence. For example, see
Also see: ROOM
Also see: BLOCKS
Regarding "BOX": My input is that the sign BOX/ROOM does "not" use "B"-hands
(the kind with the thumb folded over the palm) but rather the sign for
BOX/ROOM starts with "FLAT"-hands which then
bend at the large knuckles (which is very hard to do if you are using
"B" hands with the thumbs crossed over the palms).
My further input on the sign BOX is that while some people indeed do the sign with
"B" hands -- it is likely that this is an influence of Signed English and/or
the tendency of "Hearing English Speakers" to want to initialize signs with
the letter handshape of the associated English interpretation of the sign.
For the sign "room" -- can you show the front and back walls first and then
the sides of the room?
The sign for "room" can be and is signed either way:
1. sides then front/back
2. front/back then sides
I personally lean toward showing the sides first and the front/back second.
I think that version just "feels" better and may have a slight edge in
"published" curricula -- but both versions of "box" or "room" are so common
that I would caution ASL teachers to not mark it wrong if a student does the
back/front first and the sides second.
If someone wants to argue this and wants to bet money against either version
I'll take the bet and stipulate that to win it I have to provide a dozen
existing published video examples of Deaf or hard of hearing skilled signers
doing the sign whichever way.
It would be a suckers bet since both versions are so common.