Just for Fun... #65: A Woodworker's Prerogative...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-22-2012 01:24 PM 2842 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I made a decent pair of hinges, but when I placed them on the box, they looked a little big for the application…Hinges in place, to see how they'll look...

Well, I can’t enlarge the box very easily…
So I guess I’ll just have to “shrink” the hinges!!New hinge configuration...

It’s good that these are versatile, but it took a little extra work to achieve…
The center/lid stop part had to have its hole re-sized (in order to become a slip-fit) and I thought it “Stuck out” a little too far… so I trimmed it down…Center/Lid-stop sticks out too far...About to trim...

In the course of making boxes and hinges, I have thoughts all the time about possible “Better Ideas”... Ideas that might save time and work, or be more accurate… I change my mind frequently about the way I’m going to do things…
When it was time to Glue and Peg these hinges onto the box, I decided to try one of those ideas…
It’s a bit difficult, lining up the two hinges on the same axis so, I reasoned, why not put them on a single, temporary axis?An idea for a single axis...

I tried it… and will never do that again!
Though it seems like it would work really well, the problem lies, in that it is next to impossible to get the soles of the hinges perfectly flat, because of the flex and bend in this little “Axle”... :-(

In the end, I got them on in the regular fashion… Cutting away the excess...

All that’s left on this box is to put a clasp on the front. I gave it some thought and decided on a slightly-modified version of a snap-shut I’ve made before…
I started with yet another small Mahogany scrap and drilling a couple of holes, very similar to the hinge work… These holes will be for two 3/16” dowels, that provide the “action” for the clasp…Beginning a Clasp...

Then I drew the thing on the scrap and drilled a few more holes… pilot holes for the pegs that will hold these on and holes for Scroll Saw access…Holes drilled for future pins and for Scroll Saw Access...

Then it was off to the Saw, first to cut the widths…Cut the widths first...

Then I cut the upper curve…Then the upper curve...

Next, was to cut this small stack out. But because the parts will be shaped differently, I could only cut out their shared profile…Then cut the piece to the shared profiles...

The center/moving latch part’s shape was finalized next…Marking for cutting the center, latch piece...After Cutting...

I didn’t take pictures, but at this time I also enlarged one of the holes on this small piece, and cut open a litlle “Mouth” on the other hole…
After completing that, I gave a different treatment to the two side “Anchors”...
In order to cut them more accurately, I temporarily put dowels in them…The two static, anchor pieces get a different treatment...More treatment...

Again, no picture, but I sawed these in half, right between the dowels…
The end result will look something like this…This is what the idea will look like...

And after the gluing and pegging of the clasp, this box is all set… except the finishing… of course…This Box is done... except for...

Thanks for your time Comments are always welcome!! :)
22 August 2012

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

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 01:42 PM

Good to see ya back in the shop again Mike. I hope youre all settled into the new digs and can pump out more projects like this one. Gonna leave it au natural ?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 02:03 PM

Good one Mike, keep em’ coming friend !

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

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 02:10 PM

Thanks Chris, still settling…
It’s in the Finishing Department right now, second coat of wipe-on poly…In the finshing dept...
I used Spray-on Lacquer last box and liked it very much, but it was expensive
Two cans (of which I used 1 1/2) @ almost $20!!
I got a slew of poly… :)

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

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 02:30 PM

Ahh … The finesse product!

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 02:32 PM

Way nice. Easily downsized the hinges the way they’re made. Very nice. I like the handle also. Goes well with the hinges.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 03:23 PM

Nice fix Mike!
It may have been a lot of extra work, but the results of all this turned out great.

I’m kind of like you, I’ll try just about anything rather than starting all over again, even if it takes longer.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 04:05 PM

Nice way to solve that problem, Mike.!!!!!!!! .............Jim

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

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 05:54 PM

looks nice Mike. I think what I like best is it is all wood. Until your blogs I think I may have only seen one or two applications of all wood hinges. One example is a table Norm Abram built he made a wood hinge for the leaf to fold out. This blog got me to thinking would it be possible to make a micro hinge by laminating wood. Soon I’ve got to find a project to try this on. Nice box, and enjoy your new shop.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 07:55 PM

Way to go Mike. The out come is all that matters & the box came out great.

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 09:12 PM

you just need a woodstretcher instead of doing the work twice …. :-)

like that hatch its looking good … is it springloaded

take care

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#11 posted 08-23-2012 01:38 AM

The bearclaw hinges turned out very well but Your ‘catch’ is quite ingenious (and original). I too like to peg my box joints rather than glueing as it makes finishing much easier. I remain astounded that you cut your box joints on the scroll saw! My hat is off to you my friend.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 10:25 AM

Another fine piece of creativity, Mike. Your hinges are one of a kind!

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

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 11:15 AM

Thanks Everybody, I really do appreciate it…
I was standing last night
watching the fifth coat of finish dry
from every conceivable angle
(Yeah, like I’m the only one who does that…)
and it occurred to me,
that if I’m so smart and clever,
why didn’t I use some of the “extras”
from the hinge making
to make the latch? :)

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

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