Just for Fun... #44: The Experiment Works!!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 02-10-2011 04:19 AM 1481 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This experimental box that I’ve been trying out sat idle all weekend, what with work and all…The "Corduroy" box so far
This morning, I put on the top course and then fashioned the lid…Sides up, lid together
This box is a little different, at least to me… Usually, I spend a lot of time making the sides of a box fit right together… and then there’s a separate “assembly phase”...
Here, it was all assembly and when the walls were up, it’s DONE… almost…
The walls were built, but not actually connected… one to another…
So I took a few minutes to pin the corners with pegs…Pinning Corners...
This all went so smoothly, that I had a chance to slap together some quick hinges out of some scrap White Oak…A Quick pair of hinges
And to slap them on…Slapping on the slapped-together hinges...
Ordinarily, I would have glued them on first, and then pinned them… But because of the “ribbed” surface on the box, I didn’t think the glue would hold very well…
So I went straight to pinning them on… and after a little sanding, this went straight to the finishing department…After 1st coat of polyurethane...
And what were the results of the experiment? #1) If I give it another go, I’d make the walls a little thicker… so as to make it easier to “Staple” the pieces together. I popped through in a couple places… or alternatively, #2) This would work excellent, if the pieces of the sides were simply glued together!! #3) This would also look very cool using alternating species of wood (light and dark) as suggested here…Wish this were possible... All in all, this theory worked very well!! I was reluctant, but I tried the old “Stand On It” test, and it passed with flying colors!!
There surely are a lot of ways to skin a cat… or to make a box… :)

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

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 05:08 AM

Looks good and very strong… It is something like a loghouse jewelry box. You’ve got a nice hinges out there. How I wish I could make the same. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 05:19 AM

this looks like you had a lot of fun !

i made a patio bench out of 2×4s once , faces stacked together , using that technique.

it was sturdy enough to be sure . I thought it was kind of cool until i tried to move it by myself !

Its still standing after two decades . When i look at it , i laugh at my enthusiasm for that project.

Now you can start combining these with half- laps joints and just go crazy like i did.

I’ve always enjoyed your work that i have seen here on LJs… of luck .

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 07:11 AM

Very nice. I like the overall appearance and its uniqueness. The hinges are awesome.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 11:37 AM

This is a most interesting box for you Mike!
You are thinking “out of your usual box” and you have proven once again that boxes are addictive.
I really like the unusual nature of this box and, of course, the classic “Mike” hinges.
Well done.

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

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 01:21 PM

Thanks my Friends!!
Hinges just aren’t that hard!! I have no doubt that anybody could make them, if they sit down and think about them…
The simplest ones are nothing more than loose box joints, with a pin through them… though they can be made as elaborately as you wish. They are a little time consuming, but this is not a race!!
If anyone is interested, I did a two-part blog on making a pair a while ago starting here
There was one other thing I thought of during this build… This would be a great way to tackle a six or eight or any sided box!! If it were practical, it could even be made star-shaped or almost any shape desired!!
Moment: I can imagine what that weighed!! Kinda like picking up a whole stack of lumber at the lumberyard!!
Have Fun Everybody!!

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

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 03:27 PM

Mike, if you can stand on it it has to be a strong one. I like the construction technique and of course the hinges. Good post.

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

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 03:56 PM

Mike you are so creative with the way you can make a beautiful and sturdy (stand-on test?!) box out of a clothes dryer rack and scrap oak! And I’m still amazed at the way you make those wooden hinges too. Nice work!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 04:08 PM

New things are aways worth the effort.

The old stand on it test…..

It sounds like a wrong way nelson kinda thing!!!!

I give up on staples and nailers for thin projects.

I found that hardened finish nails work really well

and they always go in dead strait.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 04:50 PM

Really neat project, Mike!

Once again, I must say, your skills with the scroll saw are awesome!!!


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

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 05:13 PM

Another great box Mike. I love your original design and your hinges too. I was just thinking how nice those hinges would look mounted on the top of a box too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-10-2011 05:22 PM

Push the boundries and you’ll learn. Way to go!!

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

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#12 posted 02-10-2011 07:00 PM

Very cool design Mike. Just an overall cool project with those fabulous hinges you make look so easy to make. Sweeeeet! As Cartman would say.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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