Just for Fun... #35: Feeling Better!!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-27-2010 02:37 PM 1824 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started feeling lousy a little over three weeks ago… woke up one Monday morning with a chill that I just couldn’t shake. I don’t know if it was a cold, or the flu, or what, but I haven’t felt “normal” until this week…
I didn’t even have any specific symptoms, and it wasn’t a knockdown, drag-’em-out thing either, I just had the blahs… didn’t feel like Woodworking… I didn’t even feel like hanging out here on LJ’s, so you know that I was feeling unwell…
But, sometime last week I wandered into my small shop, and decided to make a little sawdust, to pass the time and make myself feel useful…
Some of you may recall the small side table that I had found and turned into a boxPine, I guess...Ready for Gift Giving
I had a side of the table left-over from the work but because of dadoes and embellishments, and a split in it, it limited me as far as box size…Flip side...Wood Selection
Of course, such limitations never deter me in my quest for fun, and in about an hour, I had the sides delineated…About an hours work
A couple days later, working in fits and starts, I had the box proper made, using some of the sheets of clear plastic Mr. Kollman sent me for panels…Latest Box
In fitting the pieces of this thing together, it seemed to be easier to lift the lid off “Sideways” or the “long” way, because the box isn’t all that height/weight proportional… so I decided to hinge it that way… i.e., with one larger hinge.
To that end, I trimmed some stock, in this case Oak…"Truing" Oak for hinges and clasp
Did some drilling for the pin holes…Drilling holes
Then marked some curves with my custom circle maker…Marking Curves for latest hinges...
And finally cut out the pieces on the Scroll Saw…All cut out...
Anyway, here is what I was shooting for…The idea...
It looks kinda like a hair pick, doesn’t it?! but it should do the job… :)"In place"

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

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 03:46 PM

I’m glad you’re feeling better, Mike.

I like that custom circle maker. I trust you have some 45’s for smaller circles, and some of those new-fangled CD thingies for even smaller ones. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 04:00 PM

Hey Mike, I’m glad you’re feeling better!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 04:21 PM

I like the new hinge configuration Mike. Brilliant! I just feel that you left us at just the right point to keep us waiting for the next step when I hope we will see it in action. Sorry to hear you were ill and very glad that you are better now. Nothing is fun when we don’t feel well (ancient wisdom).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 04:26 PM

and now how are you feeling??
that’s a pretty impressive box.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 04:52 PM

Glad you’re feeling better, Mike!

You always amaze me with your skills on the scroll saw. Nice Hinge!!!!


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

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 05:05 PM

as always
at the cutting edge
these boxes
seem to hinge on you

glad you are up
and feeling good again

-- 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 10-27-2010 05:09 PM

Glad you are feeling better. The flu is circulating the globe.. I had it also. Just now back to 50 percent. Hard to make sawdust when you are hacking up a lung. ;) Nice box!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 07:21 PM

Thanks, Everybody!!
I’m feeling good… I think it might have just been the change of season. I’ve had health issues in Spring and especially Fall since I was a kid… hot to cold, cold to hot, doesn’t seem to agree with me… The Woodworking actually helps!! It’s better, at least for me, to keep busy, rather than lie around feeling miserable…
Charlie, I do indeed have a selection of 45’s for smaller circles!! My personal favorite is “Red Rubber Ball” by the Cyrcles… I haven’t yet used CD’s, but that’s a good idea too… I usually use a coffee can for the smaller ones…
I hope you start feeling better Rivergirl… You have a garage to clean, don’t you?! :)

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 07:28 PM

I’m glad you feel like boxing again.

Keep them coming.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 09:15 PM

How do you do this stuff, Mike!!
The hinges are incredible!!

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

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 09:17 PM

Glad your feeling better Mike. Sawdust is a good remedy.

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#12 posted 10-27-2010 10:01 PM

that big hinge is going to look good
and great to see you back ….are you sure it was the flu and not someone ells that kept you in bed…LOL

have you ever condsidered the old cassette-tape/ VHF-tapes , lots of free spaggetti form in them :—))

take care

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 05:21 AM

Nice re-cycle work.
Yesterday a side table – today a box.
I am going to try the wooden hinge idea. I like that.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 03:40 PM

I love the look of this hinge, Mike. There is something about it that I just can’t put in to words. I’m sure that it’s not what you were going for, but it has a kind of Freddy Krueger glove look to it. Or, somebody a little less twisted than me, might think that it has a bear claw look. Either way, I’m lovin’ it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 04:45 PM

I’m thinking backhoe. I guess it’s because I used to be married to it. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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