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Blog entry by Don posted 03-03-2007 09:29 AM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today was one of those real discouraging days in the shop. I’ve been working on a small box for a friend. I am showing it as a work-in-progress here. I know I’ve been dragging my feet a little but I’ve had a few disruptions.

Here’s my list of excuses.
1. Purchased a new car.
2. Sold an older car.
3. Installed MS Vista and had all sorts of teething problems – still sorting out a few.
5. Installed MS Office 2007 – no problems, love the program improvements.
6. Witness a theft of a laptop computer and got involved with the Police in arresting the perpetrator.
7. And, I still need to answer to the lady boss when it comes to other house chores; enough said.

So I was delighted to get into the shop for what I expected would be a productive day. My plan was to press ahead and complete the box. I had fashioned the wooden hinges and cut the mortises for the box led and body. everything was going great. I installed four ivory plugs in the hinges where one would normally insert screws in a brass hinge. Actually it wasn’t Ivory, it was white plastic – from Chinese chop-sticks. Looking good – only a few hours of finishing and I planned to photograph it and write about it here.

Then it happened, turning around to get something, my elbow knocked it to the floor. Good new and bad news. The good news first – not dints to the wood. Now the bad news; one of the wooden hinges broke.

So I spent a few minutes to see if I could cleanly remove it and fortunately I could and did. So now I will have to fashion another hinge and replace it. But I didn’t stay at it – I will tackle it another day next week.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Roger Strautman

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#1 posted 03-03-2007 12:22 PM

Days like that makes one appreciate the normal days that seem boring.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 03-03-2007 02:03 PM

ain’t that the truth, Rog.

good news: it wasn’t YOUR computer that was stolen (I hope).
and you still have the box to work on… looking forward to seeing it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-03-2007 02:10 PM

Remember some days Don,

’ the best thing you can do for your self and your project is to sweep the shop floor and go to a movie’

better days ahead mate

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 03-03-2007 03:00 PM

Here is the link to see the box. Well, setbacks are all part of Woodworking. If it was easy, anybody could do it. And here I was hoping to see the hinges. Take the day off, barbeque something. Just don’t use the box as firewood, everything will be fine.

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 07:02 PM

I bet your glad you left the carpeting on the floor.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-03-2007 08:49 PM

Don, I’m sorry to hear about your problems. I know you will overcome. A new car, catching a theif, etc. You were just pooped, that’s why it happened. I like how you started to pass those chop-sticks for ivory plugs. We’d never know any better. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 06:03 AM

oh man, what a day.

I was unpacking things in Cody, WY at the Western Design Conf. and dropped a small box I had given to my mom. I was borrowing it for a demo. I caught the lid by sticking my foot under it as it fell, saving it from the concrete, but the box hit the floor. Terrible feeling. I fixed it when I got home, I don’t think she knows, unless my dad tells her.

I am really interested to see your wood hinges, and the white plastic pegs. Sounds pretty cool.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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