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Walnut and Arizona ash box with integral wooden hinge

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Project by BobAnderton posted 07-22-2014 03:05 AM 2625 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for a 6 year old girl who is a friend of the family and who asked me to make her a box. It’s made of Arizona ash and walnut which I had milled with a chainsaw mill and air dried. The top and bottom panels are from a slab I cut from the stump and are floating panels in grooves set in the sides. The dimensions of the box are 12” x 7” x 5” high. It’s got a removable tray with walnut splines that match the box. The hinge is similar to the Shipwright style hinge except that I glue in a semicircular section around the 1/8” brass rod that runs the length of the hinge. This method allows me to cut the lid off with the tablesaw after the box is assembled and decide at that point whether I’m going to make a wooden hinge or go with brass hinges. Finished with Watco Danish Oil.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw





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shipwright

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 03:50 AM

I like it.
Interesting take on the hinge, good idea.

Thanks.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 11:28 AM

A beautiful box! I love the way the wood hinge is incorporated in the project.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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ratchet

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 12:16 PM

Simply fabulous. Excellent design and execution. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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BigRedKnothead

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 04:56 PM

Wow, that walnut sings. The hinge is pretty sweet too. Good job man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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BobAnderton

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 05:11 PM

Hey thanks for all the positive feedback guys. Much appreciated. Thanks also Paul, for your tutorial on how to make these integral hinges.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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BobAnderton

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 05:18 PM

I dug out a photo of cutting that walnut stump. The piece I used for the top and bottom of this box came from the one on the lower left.

There were a lot of enclosed pockets of clay and gravel in the lower portion of the stump.

I got some nice lumber from the rest of the tree though.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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BTimmons

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 05:40 PM

Very beautiful work. She’s a lucky girl.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 11:58 PM

Beautiful box, beautiful wood and a novel take on the hinges. Love that walnut grain. Nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-23-2014 12:24 AM

Beautiful box and the fact that you milled the wood makes it even better!

I have done a lot of Shipwright hinges but not sure how you did yours. Got any build pics? Feel like doing a blog/tutorial?

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

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robscastle

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#10 posted 07-23-2014 01:27 AM

I also noticed the hinge method, and also like it too, as gfadvm indicated I wold like to see a blog as well.

Thats far too much walnut for one person to have …share the wealth .. a Joke

-- Regards Robert

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hotncold

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 02:16 AM

What a beautiful job! And that’s some great wood. Nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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BobAnderton

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#12 posted 07-23-2014 02:22 AM

Gfadvm and Robert, I took a stab at a tutorial here. http://lumberjocks.com/BobAnderton/blog/41881

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#13 posted 07-23-2014 02:37 AM

Beautiful slabs. Beautiful box. What a lucky kid

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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