Making a Hinged Obelisk #1: Making a natural wood hinged obelisk

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 12-26-2011 03:12 AM 5135 reads 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The following pictures show how I made the hinged obelisk.

I started with a plan for a shelf size where the obelisk was to be cut in half so it would be big enough for the 1 1/4” hole for the candle and the two brass pins. It was supposed to be 2” square which meant about a 4×4x8 block. the wood was so chewed up by ants that the biggest block I could get was 3 5/8” square x 8”. I laid out the cut lines and that left a shelf size of 1 7/8” square which was going to have to do.

I made the first cut on the back:
I leveled the surface on the jointer and then set it up level in the mill and cut the hinge pocket:

then I cut it in half at the designated level:

I used the scrap from the first cut to cut out the hinge pieces:

I sawed it into a hinge on the scroll saw:

Then I split the hinge so I could put in blind holes into the sides. I drilled the center section through and then spotted the centers to the sides with a small spotting pin.

I put in a 1/8” steel pin and glued it together and then glued it into the milled opening after fitting it so the pivot was exactly on the center of the split:

then I laid out the center of the brass bushings and the 1 1/4 candle hole and spotted them to the top section. I drilled all the holes:

With the pins in place to hold the alignment, I finished the next three cuts to make the obelisk:

Here it is put together and opened:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 03:19 AM

nice blog … fun read

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 03:21 AM

Swell blog…

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 05:20 AM

Excellent Blog…... Another thing you are good at!!

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 05:39 AM

Nice clear to read and understand. Thanks for sharing Jim. You are getting to be a master at these.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 07:37 AM

Only one thing to say:

Obelisk Navidad

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 07:44 AM

very nice blog Jim.

Love the detailed pictures. thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 06:53 PM

Very clear description on an interesting project. Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 12-27-2011 12:58 PM

Really a nice tour.
You sure are a man of precission, I like the idea of the spotting pin, I use these for dowels.
Nice detail whith the metal plate in the lid it must reflect the candle light really fine.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 08:42 AM

Great post Jim, : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 03:12 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. Glad you all enjoyed it.
Mads, you gave me an idea when you mentioned the reflector. The next one will have a round mirror in it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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