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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-11-2009 03:37 AM 989 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 :-(First try at Wooden Hinges- Failure!
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.Hinge Wood 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.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 04:04 AM

Old dressers are a gold mine for reclaimed wood. The drawer on my “daughters “Man Box””: we made for her husband are from an old dresser that was falling apart. ( body was particle board)

Don’t know what kind of wood this is. might be poplar?

Good luck on the hinges. I have made several sets so far. They are addictive.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 04:16 AM

don’t know about the wood ,
but do know that back then ,
they cut and milled a little different ,
and cut better trees .
thanks for the heads up on the tight hinge ,
i would have done as you did ,

keep on ‘cookin !:-)

-- 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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#3 posted 07-11-2009 04:43 AM

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 05:11 AM

looks like poplar and when you mentioned the green I first thought of tulip poplar … got any clue where the dresser was made ?
Your salvage brings back memories of refinishing a old painted dresser with my DAD. We removed layers of paint and scraped and sanded. Underneath was ZEBRA wood. Never know what you will find.


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#5 posted 07-11-2009 10:56 PM

I have a bad habit of posting these things right before I’m going to bed and never get a chance to thank anybody for their responses, so, many Thanks!
Looks like it’s three votes for Poplar, as that’s what my Dad thought too…It’s new to me; I have heard of Poplar, of course, but never handled any. I was always under the impression that Poplar was a soft wood but I’ve been wrong before…It’s been nice working so far (except the hinges!) kind of like Maple.
Scrappy: I can see myself making a lot of these! Once I figured out what I wanted to do, I was frankly astonished at how easy these are to make!
David: Keep on Cooking, indeed! That’s why I go to bed so early in the first place! In bed by 10:00, up at 4:00, at work by 5:30, open for business at 6:00 AM, cook until 2:00 PM. Repeat Daily…
You mentioned the better quality of the old woods. This apartment building that I used to walk by everyday must have been doing renovations and they must have reached what my Grandparents used to call “The Shed” in the hallway. Anyway they had thrown out what I’ll politely call a “Shelving System”, the worst mish- mash of building I think I’ve ever seen. Two shelves were Particle Board, one Plywood, the uprights were strapping, held together with mismatched nails and screws and staples. Awful! But the fourth shelf was a single piece of wood, this is what’s left of itA very old piece of lumber
This quiet old board, amongst all the trash, had come from what once must have been a venerable old pine tree! It’s the very center cut, flat as a billiard table, and as heavy as Oak. I took the time to count the rings and they leave the board at 175 years. I ended up using this for some scroll saw work and it was a bear to cut. The old sap heated up from the blade and wanted to bind it. It also smelled really badly, definitely pine smell, but somehow fouler, maybe more concentrated from it’s density. It led me to believe that Pine, allowed to fully mature, is as hard as any!
Dan: I didn’t come across any markings yet at all, but three of the drawers are still at work, including the top-most one. It was definitely made by a company somewhere. Too “Regular” and mundane to have been made by a craftsman…;-)

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

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