A Flag Display Box #10: Hinge Pinning and a Latch

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 03-14-2010 11:45 PM 2524 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This adventure left off last Thursday with the hinges glued in place.Hinges glued on
Friday I started by throwing together a pinning kit: #1) Tape to mark the drill for depth, #2) A Drill, #3) Pins, #4) some glue, and #5) a mallet to smack them in with…The Pinning Set-up That Drill is an old timer, a Manning-Bowman which, according to the plate, was a part of Macgraw Edison. Some guy gave me that years ago, said it was too heavy and didn’t reverse… I’ve used it ever since… It’s powerful and that’s a good thing. I needed all of it to drill into that Red Oak, holding with one hand and drilling with the other!!
But the deed was ultimately achieved…Nice action...
I then had to cut, file down, and sand the pins (which took a while). Now is also the time to address the run-outs from Episode #1. I split small pieces to fit from one or two of my cut-offs from finger joint making, glue and tap them in.Chinking in the Run-outs
Which led me to the Closure or Latch for this… I wasn’t entirely satisfied with them, I had cut the Brass Pins for them too short, and forgot to clean them up and make them shiny first… The Hardware
So I cut a new set of pins and began the installation of the latch. First I went again to my trusty file case for moral support, placing a small block in it to stand the box up.Box held at roughly 45° using small block
I can’t go any further without addressing the “Floating Hammer Controversy” that Jason asked about… I wish I had some sordid tale to tell, but I simply hang my old Granite Hammer off the arm of the vise, to keep it from rattling when I’m using the Scroll Saw…The Floating Sledge Hammer Controversy
I’ve got rubber bands around the other side… It doesn’t rattle, and it’s handy when I need a persuader to take apart drawers or something…
To my knowledge, I have no levitating tools…
I attached clamps after standing up the box…Clamp-up for Latch
And then glued on the first half of the Closure.First Glue-up for Closure
I’ll give that an hour or two to dry and attach the second half…
Stay tuned! :)

When I wrote that it was closer to 2 1/2 hours later!! It takes far longer to write about this than to do it!
I thought a considerable amount about how to mount these best. There’s the smallest amount of play between the two halves… Should I butt them hard against each other or pull them as far apart as possible? Hmmm…?
In the event, I decided today to try to get them as close as possible to their original orientation. The best and easiest way to do that was to use the saw blade that was used to separate them as a spacer between them now…A Surprising Amount of Thought And so I did…Second half of latch glued in place
Now, with that glued, I’ll wait for tomorrow to pin the Latch… :)Looking Good!!Dad's Flag Box - Open Mom & Dad at their 30th Cass Reunion

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

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 12:06 AM

looking good from here Mike
and a clever way of surporting the box
thank´s for sharing it Mike


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#2 posted 03-15-2010 12:10 AM

it’s coming together nicely , mike .

it’s like marco polo’s adventures in cathay ,
and the long journey to get there and back .

this is an awesome build !

proud for you .

-- 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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#3 posted 03-15-2010 12:37 AM

Thanks, Dennis and David… I up-dated to include the second half of the Latch glue-up…

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 12:58 AM

It looks like we can expect another successful project here Mike. Those hinges look great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 12:59 AM

Great work, Mike… love the picture.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 01:28 AM

Thanks, Michael and Ellen!
The picture has a story too!!
It was taken at their 30th High School Re-union, in the same place where their Senior Prom was held. My folks thought it would be fun to pose where their original Prom Picture was taken, next to the staircase of the place…Mom and Dad High School Prom picture
The Photographer who took the pic thought the couple so handsome, and his work so good in illustrating it, that he kept it in the front window of his shop for many years, to show off his skill…

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

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 06:21 PM

Looks great Mike. Nearing the finish line now. Keep it up.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 06:38 PM

Mike, your detailed photo’s and comments make your posst like we are there with you in your shop and home. Thanks.

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

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#9 posted 03-16-2010 08:02 AM

looking good Mike. Love the pictures and the by line also.
I think there both great pictures.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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