After seeing quite a few different wooden hinges on these pages, I decided to give it a whirl on Wednesday for one of the latest box projects. It was coming along so nicely, that I neglected a critical step…with regrettable results! I hadn’t enlarged the holes in the moving half to allow them to free-float, so there was too much friction, and one of the hinges split :-(
So, it’s #1) plug the holes from these that are in the box, #2) clean that up and sand it smooth, and #3) make another set the right way! I”m thinking I might go with a brass pin on the second try for added strength.
The wood itself is a mystery to me. Somebody had thrown away an old beat-up 1930’s dresser and the drawer sides are a small gold mine of harvestable wood. At first glance, I thought it was the standard Maple but when it was worked it showed too much heart wood and had an “oiliness” to it. The cut edges end up looking a light green but when I tried wetting a piece of scrap with water to see what the finished look will be, it turned this really nice kind of honey color. I know the pix can’t give you much of a clue, but does that sound familiar to anyone? Mahogany maybe? If it is, it shows more variance in color than any I’ve seen…
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.