Balanced Work Bench #6: im not a blacksmith, but i play one on TV

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Blog entry by Jeremiah posted 09-26-2013 06:45 PM 1339 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My grandiose ideas gave gotten me in trouble again.

I am NOT a blacksmith. I have little or no metal working tools. So what made me decide to make my own hinges out of cast iron? Who know. I do this all the time. I get these great ideas about something I’ve never tried before and without even thinking about it decide to try it. Sometimes this pays off, sometimes not. All i know for sure is, i spend 4x the amount of time making “forged” looking hinges, instead of just buying them.

They were for the set of doors on the back side of the bench. These doors cover up the shop vac (and eventual mini-cyclone system) that i have. Plus it will be some generic storage in there as well.

This is the opening the doors are going to cover.

Here are the doors, with out the shop made hinges

Here is one of the individual hinge pieces:

I made the hinges so the doors are recessed in a little.

I also made the other half of the hinges out of wood, with pins that are easy to pop out. This is partly for aesthetics, and partly practical. I’m not sure how much room i’m going to need to remove cyclone bucket of dust, so i made it easy to pop the doors off.

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 09:03 PM

Those are some nice-looking hinges.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 09:38 PM

Our ancestors would understand you perfectly. Buying a hinge you could make would make them wonder about your sanity.
I often wonder what my Grandfather would say about $2 water and $5 cup of coffee

Nice work


-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 01:45 PM

I totally agree Makarov. There is something very satisfying making things yourself

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