Just for Fun... #59: Another "Quick" Set of Hinges...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-17-2012 06:27 AM 2252 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you folks recall, I was having some Fun with a new box project, a sort-of “Striped” Box…This is fun...

One thing I’ve not found, in the recent move, is more time! So it’s been slow going…
But I finally managed to cut the second panel’s stripes, and to cut the top from the bottom of this thing…Second Field cut...
There was a problem with the top, and while I was figuring out what, exactly, I was going to do about it, I went ahead and made the hinge for it. In keeping with the stripes idea, I used the same two contrasting woods for the hinges, Mahogany and Poplar.
I began with drilling holes for the pivot pins, using the last scrap of Imbuia as a fence, to keep the holes uniform…Drilling for hinge pivots...

I use a slightly larger drill to bore the upper halves, so they’ll swing freely…Contrasting Woods...

Then I used my very own, custom, Multi-purpose tool to mark them out…A Multi-purpose tool...

After cutting them out with the Scroll Saw, cleaning them up and sanding, I measured and cut a bit of Brass Rod for the hinge pin…Pieces cut, Brass marked...

All that was left, was to tap the press-fit ones on, using a handy piece of pipe…Tapping 'em on...Tapping 'em on, too...

Ultimately, they’ll look something like this…Hinges will go something like this...

I would be remiss not to mention, that the Season of Giving is not quite over. The other morning I arrived at Work to find a PRIORITY MAIL envelope on top of my Work Box… an envelope addressed from Lee Valley Tools!! Another Gift from Lumberjocks...

Inside, was a Precious Card with very generous contents…A Pretty Card...A Secret Admirer?!
The Sender preferred anonymity, but I would like to Thank them for their generosity!!
Thank You!! It won’t go to waste!! :)

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

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 06:44 AM

Nice work and the gift couldn’t go to a more deserving guy!

-- 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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#2 posted 01-17-2012 07:40 AM

I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much lately. I’ve been busy spinning my wheels.

Your you’re really getting proficiently better at this. Nice!

Congrats on your gift.

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 08:32 AM

Great box I love the hinges!!!! You could get a real fancy Marking tool from
Lee Valley, and retire the spoon!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 10:20 AM

Wonderful hinges. I really like the various designs

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 12:04 PM

I really enjoy seeing this come together! Thanks for taking the time to show us! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 01:28 PM

Your hinges are still the best, Mike.
Love the kindness of LJs – that LV card will come in handy.

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

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 02:41 PM

I love those new hinges Mike. They go perfectly with the stripes and they are unique and add a lot to the overall look. I hope you get something nice from Lee Valley. They have a lot of great stuff.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 03:15 PM

I like the hinges Mike, anyone who makes such good use of poplar is high on my list ! And please don’t retire the spoon ! I concur with “stefang” on Lee Valley, lots of stuff made in the USA too ! Keep em’ coming Mike !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 04:23 PM

nice hinges Mike but that wonderfull card need a beautyfull frame too :-)

take care

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 04:26 PM

It takes a creative mind and woodworking skill to create your distinctive hinges. Great job and thanks for sharing!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 04:47 PM

We all do them differently but your hinge style is a joy to behold, Mike.

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

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 08:02 PM

Cool box. Mike…........Nice going!!!!!!

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

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 09:43 PM

Mike; You are now my Maestro of hingemaking! Well done.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 11:29 PM

Love the specialized tool, Mike!


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

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#15 posted 01-18-2012 12:45 AM

Thanks Everybody…
I’m just a Happy Man, amusing himself… :)

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

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