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Blog series by Laserdude updated 12-01-2011 03:44 AM 4 parts 10271 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Create Hinge Pattern

11-27-2011 11:29 PM by Laserdude | 0 comments »

The fall cleanup is finally over & and I am finally finding my way back into the shop. I am very eager to get started with some new projects this season. As it turns out I have a cedar box base left over from last year, and before I start a new project I want to finish this box. The box is @ 4” x 7” x 2” tall with a maple base. The Lumberjock community seemed to like the hinges I made on a Black Walnut Box I posted earlier this year. This enthusiasm has motivated ...

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Part 2: Begin Creating The Inlay Patterns

11-29-2011 04:51 AM by Laserdude | 0 comments »

Today we are getting ready to start inserting our red cedar inlay into the Maple cover we have made. If you remember we left off with a cover that is roughed out by the laser for our design, and was finish sanded. I do like making inlay that fits into the wood like marquetry. The finished look of the inlay flush to the wood surface is always a nice appearance, but this design is going to have more of a contoured finish. I am going to raise the inlay to different heights to give the des...

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Part 3: Time For The Hinges

11-30-2011 04:05 AM by Laserdude | 1 comment »

A new day, and we are finally ready to start the hinges…........... We left off with gluing the second level of cedar inlay, and letting it dry overnight. We now need to finish sand this inlay level. Once the inlay is smooth, I round over the sharp edges on all of the inlay being careful not to hit the finished cover surface. If you recall the first inlay level has a slightly rounded edge, and now the second level inlay will have a more distinct rounded edge. Now onto the final inlay...

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Part 4: Finishing The Project

12-01-2011 03:44 AM by Laserdude | 4 comments »

Another day is gone, and it is back into the shop for the evening…................ We have sanded our stem hinges, and it is time to make the hinges functional. Before we drill the rod into the hinges, I verify how I want the cover to open. In this project I want the cover to open a little more than 90° so the cover won’t flop over on it’s own when the cover is opened. This requires a little more thought when completing the final step for making these hinges. I sta...

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