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Just for Fun... #50: Wow, Fifty?!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-15-2011 02:12 PM 1532 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 49: Ever Forward... Part 50 of Just for Fun... series Part 51: A Rare Sight, and a New Home for an old "Family Member"... »

When I started the “Just for Fun” series, I never thought that I could keep it going this long!! But here I am at my fiftieth “Fun-type” blog… Many Thanks to all of you, for the encouragement and interest my Friends!!
To my astonishment, You have made this the third “Most Discussed” blog series on Lumberjocks!!
And now, back to the Fun…
We left off last time with the latest box freshly parted, top from bottom, and awaiting sanding…After parting, top from bottom...

The sanding was achieved, and I decided to start some wooden hinges. Lest you think, that these things come natural, the first set split terribly on me…The same old drill...

I don’t know whether I was being too cute or too quick but I failed to follow the correct steps… I actually went back to my own blog on the subject to refresh my memory… It’s been over a year since I made a set like this…
I was a little discouraged by the failure… and then I watched Steve in Marin’s video on his attempt to make the old ladder and descending climber toy… I got diverted trying that out for a couple hours… Made a quick ladder, and “walker”... However, the ladder I made had round rungs and clearly, this does not work!! The construction was quick and simple… I found a couple long narrow scraps…Building a quick mini-ladder...

Studies have shown, that the human eye is very good at halving things, and I made a mark on both ends of the pieces… Eyeballing "half" on each end

And then connected the dots…After marking between the points...
A quick measurement, and some division, and I set the dividers to 2 1/2” and walked off the spacing…Walking off for the rungs...

Drilled the holes and cut the rungs…Cutting rungs...

Even though this didn’t work, I thought one of the key measurements could be made in place…Marking for holes

I’ll very likely return to this and break out the popsicle sticks to use as rungs later… but it was time to return to some serious fun…
Thus came about hinge attempt part deux…Hinges... second try...

These should work…These should work...These better work...

Next step is to close the box up for good by pinning the corners with 1/8” dowel… To this end, I cut a “platform” piece out of my abundance of particle board… This will keep the scalloped edges level on the drill press…Steadier than it looks!!!
I’m hoping to glue and pin the hinges on today… I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to make for a finger pull for the front… hmmm…
Anyway, for the fiftieth time, don’t forget to have some Fun my Friends!! :)

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



15 comments so far

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moonls

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 02:31 PM

Mike I think your blogs are so popular because of the way you inject your enthusiasm for woodworking. Your good humor shows you’re having fun even if the wood splits on you! And your ability to create fine and unique project pieces with only the use of basic tools is admirable. You are the king of wooden hinges! Keep those blogs coming!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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stefang

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 02:32 PM

Looks terrific so far Mike, and I mean both the box and the hinges! The worst thing that can happen in woodworking is to become unhinged (it happens to me all the time), lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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patron

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 02:36 PM

fifty fun blog’s

what joy

and each an oasis
to the weary traveler

a place to rest and rejuvenate
and learn to enjoy

maybe that failed hinge has life as the handle
in this gem

-- 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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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 02:48 PM

A great box, the hinges are a great touch Mike

Here is to another 50, :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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ratchet

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 02:56 PM

Excellent looking work. Highly insprirational.
LJ’s is lucky to have you as a contributing member.
Congrats on the 50!

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littlecope

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 02:59 PM

Thanks Everybody!! Is my face red?? :)
David: I’d use that piece, but it’s too hole-y… Rest assured, I’ll come up with something

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

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patron

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 03:04 PM

rest ?

i just woke
please don’t send me back to bed

i have things to do today lol

-- 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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lew

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 04:50 PM

Mike,

Your posts are always an inspiration to me. I wish I had your imagination and ingenuity !

Lew

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

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Woodwrecker

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 04:58 PM

Keep them coming Mike.
I enjoy the heck out of your series.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 05:07 PM

Third most discussed series….wo ho looks like you’ll be getting an interview from
Ms Debbie, and a feature spot in LJ Magazine one of these days…:) The box is looking
good, excellent work as always!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-15-2011 06:11 PM

Really neat.You are the wooden hinge king!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 06-15-2011 06:56 PM

Mike, the hinges just get better and better. Your blog is not only an easy to read style but genuinely fun too. here’s to the next 50.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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littlecope

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#13 posted 06-15-2011 11:22 PM

Bob Kollman: Gosh, I hope not… In person I’m very shy and notoriously quiet… and boy, would she ever scold me, for the shambles I refer to as a shop… :)

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#14 posted 06-15-2011 11:39 PM

Mike I love your work ! Nice box and those hinges are the best yet I love your work Brother. Alistair

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

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mafe

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 11:30 AM

Mike it is simple: you are so lovely.
The box is comming on real well, it keeps making me smile.
ANd your little detour to look in your own blog for solutions is also a step I know my self… Getting older we are.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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