Just for Fun... #75: Making Lemonade from Lemons...

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In the last episode the latest box (a Bubinga type thing) was in the final stages…Presently...

After cleaning up the top’s edges, some “reveals” were found, small separations in the miters of the top… I tried what I’ve heard about here so many times, making a slurry of the sawdust and wood glue, and applying it to the separations… The results were excellent!! When the project is posted in a few days, You can be the judge of where the reveals were! :)
Anyway, while waiting for that to dry and with the box at this stage, it was time to turn to the hinges…
For this box I decided on a more traditional set, and the ruined piece of Yellow Birch from the panel fiasco was to be given one more chance for redemption…The "Ruined" Yellow Birch...

My fear with this was that the blade trouble that I had would translate into drill trouble as well, but such was not the case… The holes were straight and true…
Drawn…Hinges drawn...


And Cut…And Cut...
It was now time to cut the top from the bottom and I again made a big sandwich of the thing and ran it through… I’ve found, that if I have a block on only one side, that when I reach the clamped portion the machine binds…
But when I add support blocks to both sides it does not… So that’s how it was done…About to cut-off the Lid...Fresh from the Band Saw...

After some clean-up, the hinges were glued in place, and with a little time left in the day yesterday I fashioned a quick finger pull for the front… I like this type of lift, it’s not only quick and easy to make, but it just feels “natural” somehow when it’s used…Hinges Glued...A small pull for the latest box...Another view...

And that’s about it for this one, this morning I pinned on the hinges with Dowel as usual…After pinning the hinges...
After making sure that the thing opens (it opens with a delightful squeak!), I did some more sanding and glued and pegged the handle on…
It’ll be ready for the Finishing Department tomorrow.
I was thinking today that this must have been a lot of fun, because the time flew! Despite all the trouble I had with the panels, I only began work on this last Thursday… That’s Fast Work… for me… :)
5 June 2013

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

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#1 posted 440 days ago

Looks like it should turn out great

-- "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 440 days ago

Coming along very well Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 440 days ago


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

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#4 posted 440 days ago

Mike very interesting and looking good

-- 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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#5 posted 440 days ago

That really came out nicely! Glad to see that things are going smoother. I can’t wait to see it finished! :)


-- 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 440 days ago

Thnx for all your detailed info, and pics. Very good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 440 days ago

Your wooden hinges and ability to solve woodworking dilemmas are well known. Good work Mike!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#8 posted 440 days ago

I’m always fascinated by your hinges and each time tell myself “you HAVE to try that!”

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 440 days ago

very cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 440 days ago

Thanks my Friends!
The box is in the Finishing Department as I write, after the first coating of Wipe-on Poly…
I want to try something different for finishing, soon, but want to use this up first.
This picture isn’t the best but it’s looking pretty good…
Latest box...

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

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#11 posted 440 days ago

Looking good Mike. Another great set of hinges!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 440 days ago

this is going to be a really beauty mike, i love your work, and your hinges, its always very inspiring..cant wait to see this when its totally done…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 439 days ago

Wow! That sure has some spectacular grain running through it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 439 days ago

I never doubted that you would win this battle!

Looking good and love the hinges.

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

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