Just for Fun... #13: Nothing much going on... might as well make some hinges... :)

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-27-2010 07:38 PM 1570 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Nothing much going on... might as well build a box... :) Part 13 of Just for Fun... series Part 14: An Adventure in Bandsawing... »

In the last installment, I showed the latest box I’m working on, it’s now time to make a pair of hinges for it…
But, and it seems like there’s always a but, I had a problem with the fitted panel for the lid. When I cut the tenon around the thing, to fit into the side dadoes, I was trying to “sneak up on it”, once, twice, three times and it seemed like nothing was changing. So I gave it one of those “All or Nothing” taps to the Table Saw fence and it cut All too far!Unflattering view of box lid
The gap isn’t even a 1/8” but, to me, it looks like the Great Divide!!
So I resolved to make some small inserts to fit.Box top opened up to show Mahogany filler strips I grabbed some of the ubiquitous Mahogany scraps and filed them to thickness,Thinning strips to size
Then planed them with Grand Dad’s trusty old #220 to width…Planing strips to width with my trusty #220
It’s then a pretty simple matter to touch them with a spot of glue to hold them in place, while I make and add inserts for the underneath side of the lid…Clamp-up of filler strips
I readjusted the fence when I was cutting the bottom and, happily, only the top needs this…
Somewhere in between playing with these little sticks, I did manage to complete some hinges too…
Here the Oak scraps are drawn and drilled, and ready for the Scroll Saw work…Hinges drilled and ready for Scroll work
Here they are, ready for attaching…Latest Hinges
Really slow going on this one, I’ve been lucky if I get 4-5 hours a week to have some fun in the shop… but being busy is good too!! :)

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

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 07:42 PM

I really love those hinges, Mike!

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

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 07:45 PM

Wooden hinges are awesome, good work!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 07:56 PM

see you have gone to brass pins ,
looks good !

that’s about what was happening to me too ,
every time i fixed something ,
about 2% of that needed fixing too !

but that’s the nature of new ideas ,
sometimes they work ,
and sometimes they make us work !

-- 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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#4 posted 04-27-2010 08:41 PM

great work i always wanted to know how to make wooden hinges.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 09:07 PM

niice saved
and your hinge looks great with brass
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#6 posted 04-27-2010 09:12 PM

Hi Mike I like these very much.They just look right.I make a lot of wooden hinges and generally don’t go for such a neat design relying primarily on using the shape of the wood I have to determine the overall outcome of the design.KIndest regards Brother your pal Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 10:56 PM

Nice work, I really like how you curved going away from the fingers of the hinge, great detail.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 11:20 PM

your hinges are the stuff of which legends are made.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 04-28-2010 01:21 AM


I gotta believe those hinges will be opening doors for you someday!

Nice Job!


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

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#10 posted 04-28-2010 06:59 AM

Nice going Mike, I know all about the all
or nothing push…nice hinge!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 04-28-2010 07:55 AM

When I see em, I want to make em too! Love them hinges Mike!

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 04-28-2010 12:22 PM

Thank you, Everyone!! Mario: I checked out that issue (at least the on-line version) as per your suggestion… They do look curiously similar, don’t they? I’ll have to get a copy and take a closer look. Thanks for the heads-up!
This pair of hinges was the smallest I’ve attempted so far. Out of sheer funk, I decided to have the “fixed” end on top… In other words, when the lid is lifted, the pin will rotate inside the bottom half of the hinge. This will work, but one of the small top halves split when I was tapping in the pin. I’m going to use it anyway though!! After it’s glued and pinned to the box, it really shouldn’t make much difference…
If I don’t spend the rest of my life making this box, next up I want to do a repair job on a box I was never completely happy with… At the heart of that repair, will be some home-made wooden “Piano” style hinges to replace the store-bought ones that I didn’t install properly… I’ll keep you all apprised, my Friends!!

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

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#13 posted 04-28-2010 12:49 PM

Love those hinges Mike. I think these are the best looking ones to date. I like their graceful look and the size looks right too. Great work my friend! Can’t wait to see them installed on the box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 04-28-2010 01:18 PM

Nice job.
Hinges look great!

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#15 posted 04-28-2010 03:15 PM

Great looking hinges, nice design

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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