Rob Cosman Inspired Wood Hinge Box

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Project by Sk1pp3r posted 02-04-2015 03:32 AM 5387 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Rob Cosman inspired wood hinge box using walnut and birdseye maple. 8.75×5x4 inches.
I made the 1/4 in dowel using a home made jig utilizing wood leftover from the top so it would match up really well. Three pieces are glued to the back and two are glued to the top. There is a 1/16 in pin in between that they hinge on. Once you flush up the back you can hardly tell where the break is. You can see it in detail in the last pic.
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 04:54 AM

That looks great! I have wanted to try to learn rod Cosman’s way of making hinges…Was it hard to do?

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 05:04 AM

Very nice looking box, I would like to make these wood hinges myself at some point

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 06:36 AM

Class act

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 01:49 PM

clean, super nice joints, good job

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 01:55 PM

Very nice box Justin. I have been using a wooden hinge design that Box Cosman published in the 90’s, but I haven’t seen this one before. It looks like a great improvement over the one I use because it is just about invisible. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 02:09 PM

Very nice! The hinges are outstanding. Would you have a link to the Cosman hinge build?

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

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 05:27 PM

super looking box. The hinge is so very well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 06:02 PM

It was part of his online hand and power tool workshop last year. It’s on his website robcosman. com

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#9 posted 02-04-2015 10:25 PM

Was it hard to do?
- karrot

It is a series of steps he lays out from his workshop. They are easy enough, but to get the hinge working perfectly you must be accurate with your router setup to a couple thousandths of and inch. Just do a couple of test cuts to dial it in and it’s no problem.

Thanks everyone!

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#10 posted 02-05-2015 06:45 AM

Awsome fingerjoint, wood colour contrast is great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-05-2015 06:17 PM

Nicely done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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