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Blog series by BritBoxmaker updated 01-22-2013 07:32 PM 4 parts 11123 reads 59 comments total

Part 1: Clam Shell Hinges - yet another different wooden hinging method

03-18-2012 02:32 PM by BritBoxmaker | 22 comments »

This blog details how I made the hinges for my latest project, ‘56’ (also now used in ‘42’). In this blog I will be making one hinge, 56mm x 76mm x 6mm. I am using dissimilar woods for contrast. These are, in this case, sycamore and walnut. I work in millimetres. For those of you using inches there are 25.4 mm to the inch. There is a calculator in the pc you are using to read this blog, its not rocket science. I cut four blanks 56mm x 42mm x 3mm, two of sycamore and...

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Part 2: Retrofit wooden hinges

01-19-2013 03:00 PM by BritBoxmaker | 15 comments »

We all make mistakes. Yes even me. I’ve been working on the design and build of a box for the best part of a month and a half now. You know I don’t like chunky boxes, the sort with way too thick walls. This box is about 125 mm square x 75 mm high. So I’ve made the wall thickness 6 mm, slightly on the thin side but not a problem for a shell or drop on lid box. Except this one has a wooden clam shell hinge (see first part of blog). This was a mistake as the consternate...

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Part 3: Retrofit - making the new hinge

01-20-2013 05:56 PM by BritBoxmaker | 14 comments »

A busy day and that’s just making the hinge. First thing to do is cut up the material into four pieces. then mark up the pieces, including where the slot is to be routed. The next thing to do is route the pin slot. The pin is to be enclosed (not visible at the ends of the hinge). The hinge is 125 mm long, allowing 6 mm of un-routed material at each end, leaves a 113 mm long slot. To set the router table up for this I installed a 45 degree router bit, marked up one piece of...

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Part 4: Retrofit - Preparing the way

01-22-2013 07:32 PM by BritBoxmaker | 8 comments »

A short blog today as its bloody freezing in my workshop. The original state of play with the box was this. with part of the hinge broken out. The next thing to do is clear out a space for the main body of the new hinge. The body of the new hinge is 13 mm wide 6 mm deep. I marked up the area around the old hinge to be removed. Cross hatched in white. I am keeping the pin of the hinge in the same relative position, level with the top of the internal lipping on the bottom of the ...

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