Just for Fun... #18: A Total Mistake, a Fix, and More...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-10-2010 11:58 PM 1622 reads 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I left off with the hinges all but cut out for my latest box…Hinges, drawn and drilled
So this morning I was feeling good, feeling strong, ready to tackle the challenges of the new day. I began with the worst cuts to make, the side cuts. To help with this, I taped the two pieces together. These are heavy duty Scroll cuts, and I wanted to have as much heft to the pieces as I could. Being taped also aids in the stability of the things giving them a wider, flatter bottom Just beginning cutout
The first cut went fine. On the second pair, halfway through, I suddenly noticed that I was matching the cut on the first one… NO GOOD!! STOP!!
This pair I’m trying to make have a curve in the them, the two sets should be mirror images…A bad mistake...
This is very bad… I spent a few minutes in anguish, even turned the lights out in the shop… but I had a cup of coffee and thought, hey, it’s still early in the day, I’ve got one that’s right, why don’t I just make another one on the fly…
And so I did…Corrected version
That right hand one is the replacement, cut the way the middle one should have been… It actually didn’t take that long. For once, my lack of organization helped rather than hindered, because all the things I had used to mark the first ones with were still out…
Anyway, I finally achieved the objective, with some trepidation. I’ve yet to clean them up (filing and sanding) but this is what I was looking for…The Objective
What’s more, there was still plenty of time left, so I decided to try out an idea I had for a “Finger Tug” for lifting the lid… It turned out to be as easy as pie…
I took one of the last remaining scraps of the cribbing block I started with and made a couple of cuts in it resembling a triggerA sort of "Trigger" cut
Then on the flat side, drew out and cut a flap shapeA "Flap" cut
I’m ultimately going to pin this handle to the box, so I then drilled a couple slightly undersized holes into the bottom at an angle…Drilling through underside at an angle
Then I just sliced that off the scrap… and presto!!A finger tug for latest box
This, too, will have to be cleaned up but it came out with a good “feel” to it…
It’s nice to have some small measure of success, after that fiasco this morning… :)

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

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 12:27 AM

Very cool hinges…

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 01:08 AM

Wood hinges has always fascinated me. Great inspiration!

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 01:12 AM

Mike hinges happen…. Very well when you make them

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 01:31 AM

Awesome hinges and nice recovery!

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

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 02:15 AM

Nice job, Neighbor. I’m going to have to try that. Now all I need is a project that needs hinges….

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 02:23 AM

Thank You Everybody, not only for your kind comments, but also for the inspiration you provide.
I was really disillusioned this morning… ready to pack it in for the day, maybe go back to bed, but I “heard” all of you wonderful people’s voices, telling me to “Get back on that horse and RIDE!!”
Seriously, Many Thanks my Friends… :)

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

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 02:33 AM

Nice save Mike!
I love your hinges they’re awesome : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 03:17 AM

Those are gorgeous hinges. They would dress up any project.
Thanks for the lesson on making them.

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 04:01 AM

I’ll bet your Dad had something to do with that “recovery”!!

Nice job, Mike.


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

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 04:15 AM

You are the master of wooden hinges Mike.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 06-11-2010 05:48 AM

not a bad mornings work , mike .

good save .

and you are almost halfway ,
on the next pair !

-- 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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#12 posted 06-11-2010 07:15 AM

Good save Mike, I really really hate starting over due to not thinking thru my cut. Coffee and a short break

is always a good idea for regrouping. You must have had today off, I just got back from a 12 hour day…

I can’t wait for SATURDAY!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 06-11-2010 08:08 AM

Beautiful hinges Mike, informative and inspiring blog as well. The hinge lesson should serve me well,in a practical sense, in the near future. I love it when LJ members document their mistakes and recoveries. They teach us newbies that an error is recoverable and they can happen to even the most experienced folks here.

Thanks for sharing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 06-11-2010 12:57 PM

Great job on the hinges Mike.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 04:32 PM

Love the hinges, Mike and that ‘tug’ is a beauty. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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