tea box #2: hinges are next

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Blog entry by harum posted 08-18-2014 10:21 PM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The lid separation went smoothly; mostly because the bottom was reasonably flat and sat square against the table saw fence. The only thing to clean up is the heavy burn marks on the lid side. The box side hasn’t got even a tiny mark. Why is that?

The inside looks better than I have expected: the miters are tight and the corners are pretty clean.

I have decided on butt hinges, the ones that have to be mortised into box and the lid; and, because the lid is heavy, a stop will be necessary.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 08:28 AM

Very good looking and well made box. I think the lid edges were burned because you put some side pressure against the lid side while pushing the box through the cut.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 10:37 AM

Thank you, Mike. Yes, while cutting, I pushed the box against the fence quite a bit to keep it square and stable. I blamed the marks at first on the saw blade going out of alignment, but the blade was at the right angle.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 08:10 AM

There is just something to be said about home made solid wood boxes. The grain and texture is so pretty. I really need to get out there and start making a few of my own so I can finally send back all my rented moving boxes left over from my move! Time to clear up the house!!!

-- Audrey Greenwood:

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