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A Flag Display Box #5: Hinges begin and a Closure

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 02-18-2010 01:53 AM 1109 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just had to check, and it’s been eleven days since the last “Sawdust Up-date” from this direction!
Eleven days doing darn little Woodworking… If you’ll recall I left off with the three sides all set, waiting for the purchase of some Lexan.Assembled
I have yet to buy some, so the other day I began work on the hinges by slicing a useful piece off of a small slab of Mahogany leftover from the Ark project…Slicing off some Mahogany for Hinge making
Then I laid out the Hinges. This is a simple pair since, in the closed position, these Hinges will also double as the feet for this box. They have to be a flat set.Lay-out of Hinges
Then I cut them out…Cutting out HingesAfter SeparationAfter last fitting cuts
These are yet another unfinished part… I went ahead and cut the second one but am going to wait until the box sides are together to cut them to their final shape…Two "Hinges" cut
I actually had some good fun toying around with this doubly hinged piece, it gave me a couple of ideas. But ultimately, Today I started on the part that I’ve been looking forward to, a Wooden Clasp or Closure. I started again with a scrap of Mahogany. Scrap for Clasp
I’m hoping that this Mahogany “hardware” will differ a little from the Red Oak of the box and offer some visual interest when the finish goes on… We shall see. After boring holes for pins, I drew the clasp’s side first and then used two small blocks for visualizing and then marking the top of the claspAfter Boring Holes
I then made some long lengthwise cutsMaking lengthwise cuts for clasp
And made the side cuts to free the pieces… There you have it! Clasp in closed positionOpen, but unfinished
I still have to cut the “mouth” that will close this thing. In this exploded view you can see how I tapered one of the ends of the middle, moving part to allow it to swing clear of the pin. I also enlarged the hole on one end to ensure that it swings freely…Exploded view of clasp
Next, I have to round the edges on these some and give them a good sanding. Here again, I’ll do the final fitting of this “on the box”. I’d like it to snap shut, gently…
So, I guess the next stop for me is to break out the wallet and actually buy something for a change, the Lexan. But, of course, Dad was worth it!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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lew

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 01:58 AM

Great bit of engineering, Mike. I know your Dad is proud of what you are doing.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 02:00 AM

Very well done.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 02:11 AM

excellant work mike

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 02:11 AM

this is great , mike .

glad to see all your marbles still rolling ,

and in one place !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 03:02 AM

Thanks, Everybody!
I failed to mention that I’ll be using ”Brass” Rod this time around for pins, another posthumous donation from my Father. A few months before he died, he had offered me the use of some of his “Private Stock” for Hinge use or whatnot… But it’s still a curious, almost sacrilegious, experience, going through His Stuff! And it’s hard to find anything without him there. He had every kind of rod in a steel rack he had me make (to his specs!) many years ago. Everything from Hexagonal to Threaded, Stainless steel to Phosphor Bronze…
As far as engineering, I actually saw a clasp on a box that was similar but a little more elaborate. The ones I saw seemed “Over Engineered”, if you will… As Norm used to say, this was my interpretation of them. Less is more to me, especially with moving parts (less to go wrong!)

David, it’s good to see your Handsome Visage once again gracing the pages here! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 03:08 AM

i’ve been called a lot of things ,

but i never heard that before .

thanks , ( i think ) .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 03:24 AM

It looks like more progress & some nice engineering.

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 07:40 AM

As always your work is inventive and one of a kind! Many here have seen your Dads cool work & can now see it in yours too. Keep it up, thanks for sharing Mike!

-- $tudie

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#9 posted 02-18-2010 12:25 PM

Interesting work Mike. I love your blogs and always get inspiration from them. Now I’m in suspense waiting to see how all those bits and pieces will actually be used on the box, so I hope you get that Lexan soon!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-18-2010 03:27 PM

As usual….your hinge and clasp are ingenious…....and the pix with explanations …..super….......and your talent and skills are way beyond me….so, I guess I’m stuck with the obvious…...buying my hardware.

really anxious to see your finished display case….....I know it will be awesome…....your Dad would be proud of you!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 03:36 PM

This is looking great Mike.
You said, ”But it’s still a curious, almost sacrilegious, experience, going through His Stuff!”
I’m sure there isn’t anyone he would want more to use his stuff than you. I know he would be proud.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 02-18-2010 06:13 PM

Great show of your progress. I feel like I am in your shop watching you.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 09:39 AM

David: Visage: 1) The face or facial expression of a person. 2) Appearance aspect.
Had to look it up in the dictionary….Almost thought Mike said something bad.

Looks like your comming along good, It’s kind of nice to have some of your dads stuff
to put into your project. My dad did everything for my mom and us kids, he never made
much money, his last wage was 2.69 an hour, everything he earned he gave away. I think
my brother has his empty wallet with the few old pictures in it. Mike, it is so good that you
have so many of the the things of your father that you can hold in your hand. From his hand
to yours is a blessing.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 09:55 PM

Looks great, Mike! I can’t wait until I earn the patience (haha) it must take to lay out all of the cuts and drill marks to make hinges like yours.
Like Blockhead said….. I’m sure there isn’t anyone he would want more to use his stuff than you.
Keep the blogs comin’.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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