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Blog entry by kiefer posted 08-14-2013 10:30 PM 2468 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Monday went all wrong from the get go .
Thought I fit the test box previously posted with a pair of leather hinges , marked out the hole location and set up the drill press and all ready to go ,drilled the first hole and then went to drill the second .
Just into the hole I noticed that I was way off with the hole ,reason being ,I had made three pencil marks ,centre and the two outside lines of the hole location .
Well I used the inside line ,now what ,I was ready to scrap the box but put it in a drawer to get it out of my site .
Yesterday afternoon I pulled it out again and looked at the disaster and thought how about rectangular hinges ,so I cut a block to fit the inside of the box to keep it from breaking when I chiseled out two rectangular mortises which where in the right place this time ,I made sure several times .
Next I cut two pieces of my old belt to fit the mortises and also cut two pieces of walnut to fill the mortise a little past flush of the surface .

Glue everything and clamped over night.
This morning I sanded the walnut pieces flush with the box and glued two little larger pieces of walnut over the hinge .
After the glue had set I made a cut down the centre and filed out the cut until I could see the leather ,well the box opens and closes just fine .
The hinges look a little big for my liking but I saved the box .
A little refinishing work and it’s ready to go taking a spot on a shelf somewhere in the house ,just as a reminder in the future .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 11:12 PM

Good save. I think you’re onto something with these hinges. They certainly look good.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 11:49 PM

Nice save. Looks great

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 12:04 AM

Very good save. I too will go a LONG way to salvage something that I have “goofed” on. I think it is the challenge that we enjoy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 12:37 AM

Kiefer, those are real slick hinges. They look better than metal ones!!

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

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 12:39 AM

Thanks Paul and they should improve in looks with time .
Got some hide glue ordered and am exited to use it on the hinges ,maybe next week .

Thanks Paul ll
It was worth it I think.

Thanks Andy Yes it always feels good when we find a solution and good luck with your goof up
,enjoy the challenge and have fun with it .
Please post the result good or bad .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 12:41 AM

Thanks Jim
Glad you like them and there will be more to come with improvements I hope .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-15-2013 07:13 AM

Kiefer….many thanks for sharing this . I too think that you have opened doors to many applications for these flexible hinges. Just as you remember in kindergarten, you get a Gold Star on the forehead from me….
very clever indeed.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#8 posted 08-15-2013 11:00 AM


-- Guy,PEI

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#9 posted 08-15-2013 02:11 PM

Good thinking Kiefer and a great looking box, hinges and all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-15-2013 02:53 PM

Very nice!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 08-16-2013 05:34 PM

FWIW, I think the hinges look good … Thinking of some of the clunky wooden hinges that I have put on boxes, they look sleek.
But that was the plan all along … Right??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#12 posted 08-17-2013 09:32 PM

I don’t see a “goofs”, I see a darn good looking box. Love everything. Keep them coming, I get new idea everyday with all the different posts. Great Job.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#13 posted 08-18-2013 10:29 AM

Good one Keifer.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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