I’m not sure why, but I’ve really struggled with a small box that I’ve been making. From the outset, the design of the box was to include wooden hinges. I guess I’ve made over a dozen boxes with these hinges, and have the procedure down pat.
This past Christmas I made this that featured these hinges. I use an Incra Hinge Crafter, and the method of work they describe makes four sets of two. So, I had a few left over from my Christmas project.
Now I have to say that I recall that the wood I used was rather weak. It was Fijian Mahogany which I’ve found rather prone to splitting. Although classified as a hardwood, compared to Australian hardwoods, it’s rather soft.
So, I decided to take the easy way out and use the Fijian Mahogany hinges that I had.
I mentioned in a previous blog that I damaged one of these hinges when I accidentally knocked the box to the floor. What I didn’t mention was that this was but the last one I had. The others had broken when sizing them to the box. Well, no worries; I have one more. So today I carefully fitted the last hinge to the box. All was going well. Well, that is, until I drilled the hinge for the ‘ivory plugs’ I intended to use.
You guessed it. The last one split.
What to do? Well, I first tried to glue the pieces back together. It looked pretty good – you couldn’t even see that it had been split. I flexed the hinge to make sure that it was working alright. What I didn’t realize was that I had inadvertently glued the two halves of the hinge together. As soon as I flexed the hinge, it completely snapped.
I was not a happy LumberJock!
I left my shop and went upstairs to my dear wife who is always willing to let me moan and groan (as long as it isn’t about her). After explain the saga, she responded, “Why did you use those hinges if you already knew the wood was too weak?”
She got it in one.
Of course, the genesis of my problem I already knew. But to save a little time, I thought that I would take the easy way out. Therein lays the Learning Opportunity.
Never take the easy option – it will always turn around and bite you!
So, tomorrow, I will craft some new fresh hinges – it only takes about an hour. And I should have them installed without any difficulty.
Why didn’t I do this in the first place?
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