Lacewood box with scroll saw top

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Project by Blake Haskins posted 01-06-2015 11:15 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

front and back are lacewood, sides are paduck and the top is thought to be brazillian cherry (surplus hardwood flooring). We had just picked up a used scroll saw this fall and this is one of the first things we made with it. The inside of the top has some dremeled detail and the outside we left plain. Poor hinge placement/alignment resulted in the top holding itself open.. which actually works out well for this box.

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 04:33 AM

Nicely done—I like it!

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 03:11 PM

That’s a beautiful well made box, good job.

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 05:06 AM

Haskins, I like your scroll saw pattern. Nice design. Using three nice woods makes this box seem a bit busy. You might consider using a long piano hinge and cutting it down to size, like this. You could mortise it in easily with a router stuck through a board, like this. I like the concept of a father and son working together on wood working products. Good luck. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 05:13 PM

Boxguy thanks for the advice on the design and hinges. we’ve been using really cheap hinges because the better ones are so exspensive (not much middle ground). We will definetly try the piano hinge method you described. My son had the initial passion, but now its something we both enjoy and enjoy doing together. I think its a great developmental tool too, he gets lessons in art, engineering, and patience on a regular basis.

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 07:47 PM

Haskins, I made an elaborate set-up so I could make hinges easily. You could do the same thing with a hacksaw, file, nail, and hammer. I did that when I started making boxes. The cheaper piano hinges have too much play around the pin. I can’t get consistent quality from the Big Box store hinges. Some makers have hardened pins that make them impossible to cut. I have had good luck ordering three foot hinges in batches from Rockler. You might like a darker hinges on some applications.

I have had fun teaching several young men how to make boxes. I hope you and your son have fun with this. I love the A-HA moments when a student makes a breakthrough in getting an idea or concept. I wish both of you many such moments. Every student I have had has taught me something new.

Some concepts to consider:

Attached lids that are then cut off are much more stable than just a board top.

Don’t forget to paint the ends of your cut-off hinges to prevent rust.

You must use a vix bit to install hinges.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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