Just for Fun... #20: Down to the Last Pegs...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-16-2010 05:48 AM 1856 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to wrap this one up…
I got in a full morning and part of the afternoon’s play today and completed the assembly… almost. Started by pegging the corners of the lid togetherDrilling holes for corner pins in top
Then the bottom, first up and into the bottom corners, then down through the top halfwayDrilling bottom holes, down through the top
The clamping on those may look precarious, but is actually very well balanced. I clamp each corner individually that way and lift the whole assembly to where I tap in the pegs.
With that done, I finally fill in the exposed voids that were created by cutting the dadoes for the panels.Filling voids left by dado cuts for panels
It was then time to finish the hinges, which was a simple matter of cutting some Brass Rod to length for the pivot pin.Hack-sawing Brass rod to length for Hinges
My mini-vise is a dandy for this, it has a V-groove cut in both jaws, so it holds the brass very secure. First I scored them with a triangular file, to start the hacksaw, then cut them, then chucked them up in the drill press for a quick de-burring with a metal file. De-burring the pin
Then I tapped them into the hinges, carefully…
Somewhere in here, I did one last go-around of the box, with file and sandpaper. Some of the fingers protruded through the joints slightly… they stuck out… and I thought here would be my first check. I was not looking forward to trying to file them down!! What I had thought to do, was to bring the box to Dad’s Band Saw and simply saw them off. Happily, the shortness of this box made it possible to saw them off with the Scroll Saw instead… Big step saved there!!
And so, it was time to glue on the hinges… I found it interesting to read everyone’s vision and interpretation of how they should be placed and would like to thank everybody for sharing their ideas!! My vision, such as it is, is pragmatic. As much as I wanted to try to make the hinges a bit more ornate this time, they are not decorations… They are structural, working parts and I wanted them splayed somewhat widely for best effect…
To attach them easier, I first mark the center of the axis of the pin on the top of both setsMarking center of Pivot axis on top of hinge
Yes, I know the pencil is off-center, but it was difficult to hold the pencil and snap the picture at the same time (and no, I did not make the ship nor the little dart board closet!) I only have to position those marks right over the separation, top from bottom, and I should be good… A spacer stick is used from the sides, to get their placement correct and there you go…All Glued, waiting to be pinned...
Thus went my morning… I had to wait for the glue to dry…


Four hours later…

I spent the time putting around, doing a little cleaning even!! I’ve also been staring at this handle that I made for this box. It occurred to me that it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to make a wooden ring in the same fashion…Yet another idea...a wooden ring
That was a diversion, for a while, but I realized there is more there than meets the eye. I’ll have to sit down and think some, about which way the grain should go and such…
But back to the box, and specifically the hinges!! I set the depth stop on the drill press and went into pegging mode…Setting the depth stopDepth properly setPegging away...A spot of glue and a peg, 2, 3,....
I clamped it up one last time to remove the excess pegs and file the nubs flush…Clamping one last time...
Then came the moment of truth… Does it open????It even Opens!!
Whew!! Boy, am I glad that it did and does!!!
The last chore on this today was to glue the handle on, in preparation for its own pegging… I had filed the handle’s base perfectly flat by simply holding it and dragging it down a flat file. But when I went to glue it, it rocked on the uneven, bandsawn cut, front of the box… It took some additional fussing to get it to sit flat, but it was done…Handle glued in place
Tomorrow I’ll peg that on.
It’s a wrap!! Two pegs to go and then on to the finishing!! My first box from the “Wood Out Back” so to speak…
What did I learn? I found out that a joiner or thickness planer would be a darn useful thing to have, if I’m going to be sawing my own lumber!! :)

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

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 05:52 AM

This a winner Mike great job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 06:02 AM

another great blog ,

and another great box .

it’s a good thing for us ,
that your hinges are loose , mike ,

otherwise maybe you wouldn’t share ,
and we wouldn’t have all this fun and knowledge !

-- 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 06-16-2010 06:06 AM

Aw, Shucks… tweren’t nothin’...
Thanks, my Friends!!

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

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#4 posted 06-16-2010 11:46 AM

Well done Mike. Your box looks wonderful including the hinges. I did love the grain and color of that wood. Thanks for this entertaining and well illustrated blog. BTW I liked the way you clamped the box in the third to the last photo.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 12:33 PM

Super job, Mike.
You make it look soooo easy!!!

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

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#6 posted 06-16-2010 12:56 PM

How are You doing Ellen?! :)
It’s really not that hard… Like anything, it’s just a series of small steps.
At one time or another I’ve run into difficulties on any one or all of the steps but happily, this time, that was not the case…
Thank You to You and my Friend in Norway, Michael, for your kind thoughts!!

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

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#7 posted 06-16-2010 02:04 PM

Very nice. Mounting hinges totally scares me. I guess practice, practice, practice. But I know the ‘will it open’ feeling.

Looks great,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 06-16-2010 05:00 PM

It’s really a very nice blog and box.
Well done

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#9 posted 06-16-2010 05:18 PM

Nice job Mike, so sanding all them band saw marks gave you a work out eh???

Planer and a jointer would make a most excellent birthday present to yourself. :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 06-16-2010 06:09 PM

looking good mike
waiting Not patienly to see the finished box

take care

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#11 posted 06-16-2010 06:10 PM


You make it looks so easy!!!

Great set of pictures to help follow your progress.

I gotta tell you, I love the sailing ship, in the background. Did you make it?


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

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#12 posted 06-16-2010 07:47 PM

Great job Mike. I really like the hinges and how they add to your box. Very nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 08:25 PM

Excellent blog and thoroughly well done box, Mike. Thanks for taking us with you on the journey.

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

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#14 posted 06-16-2010 09:21 PM

Nice job Mike. Now with the hinges moved in a bit, I like them that way :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 06-17-2010 07:07 AM

SPalm: Steve, I’ve found the real trick to hinges is to keep the pivot pins in line. If the two are not in the same axis, or worse, they’re not even parallel, you’re apt to have real trouble… Bob K.: I gave up on ever getting the marks out of this one… This Wood is HARDwood!! It laughs at sand paper!! HA!! So today I broke open the piggy bank and ordered a 6” jointer… HA-HA!! He who laughs last, no? I couldn’t wait until September, my Friend… :) Lew: The ship was given to me by an old friend. He walked over to my house one day and found it sitting on top of someone’s trash along the way! It is a pretty nice one. Somebody, somewhere, spent some time on it for sure…
Again, Thanks my Friends…

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

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