More refined wooden hinge

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Project by DanielP posted 02-09-2015 03:44 AM 1950 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

7 1/4” x 4 3/4” x 2 3/4”

This box is Jatoba with Birdseye panel and Bubinga hinges. It is a continuation of my wooden hinge study and development.

I spent some time upgrading some table saw sleds, using Ng’s five cut method for my basic sled and I made a new miter sled that is dead on as well (Miter joints on this box came out excellent).

I used this technique of cutting slots in each hinge half with a flat tooth table saw blade and gluing a square tube in the slot between the two pieces. Since these hinges are only 5/16” thick I went to a freud 3//32” flat tooth blade and used a 3/32 sq brass tube for the slot.

I’ve found that Bubinga is great for this type of hinge because the end grain blends well and it is nearly impossible to spot the seam in the end grain.

One other thing I did was get a sheet of Lexan .090 thick and laid over my router table with just a small hole for the 3/16” bit to stick through. This eliminates any uneven spots that can cause critical flaws. It is important to get these hinge slots dead on.

Anyway, the lid went on dang near perfect. A couple other little things to improve on with this style box but I’m getting there.

I looked over the internet and couldn’t find anyone else using this hinge technique, although I’m sure someone amongst the few million woodworkers has probably tried it. Anyway, feel free to use it.

Thanks for looking.

-- --- Dan

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 04:59 AM

Beauty of a box, goes well with the Maple. I need to get going on some wooden hinges myself. These are great. I need all the help I can get.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 05:12 AM

Very interesting hinges.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 05:52 AM

Thanks Dave, wood hinges are fun to make, give it a go.

Thanks Jason.

-- --- Dan

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 12:44 PM

The hinges are great, the box is really nice, I especially like the “large” inserts on the miters. They appear to be more than my usual 1/4” insert.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#5 posted 02-09-2015 01:53 PM

Excellent job! Refinements are nice.

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

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#6 posted 02-09-2015 02:41 PM

Thanks Dick, keys are 1/4”.

Thanks Andy.

-- --- Dan

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#7 posted 02-09-2015 02:45 PM

Thanks Dick,keys are 1/4”.

Thanks Andy.

-- --- Dan

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#8 posted 02-09-2015 03:40 PM

nice box and clever hinges…

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 02-10-2015 12:59 AM

They look very clean and well-made, nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 01:07 AM

Great looking box—love the hinges!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 02:09 AM

Thanks guys!

-- --- Dan

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#12 posted 02-10-2015 03:06 AM

A B-E-A-Utiful design, are the hinges pinned with steel or a waxed wood?, I’d like to have a go at these when i finally get my shop set up, well done and keep up the great work.

-- My Woodwork Is Like My Wife's Back! - Always Full Of Knots But By The Time I'm Finished It's Smooth As Silk!!!

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#13 posted 02-10-2015 04:30 AM

Thanks Cornish.. They are pinned with brass rod.

-- --- Dan

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#14 posted 02-10-2015 07:54 AM

Nice box and hinges. I usually make my own as well. It’s really difficult to find good quality hinges without paying an arm and a leg then waiting centuries or shipping.

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#15 posted 02-10-2015 10:37 AM

Very nice box and you have done a great job on the hinges. I am a fan of wooden hinges and my preference is to make them flush with the rear of the box so that they are less obtrusive. Either way, wooden hinges make a statement and are a nice challenge to make.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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