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Project by gfadvm posted 03-29-2015 07:44 PM 4006 views 5 times favorited 65 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jerry’s “invisible hinge” blog intrigued me so I had to try a modified version with fewer segments. The “Chatoyance” box project likewise motivated me to try stain on elm. And I needed a home for the Judge so this resulted. Dimensions: 11 1/2×9 x 4”. Red elm sawed on my WoodMizer. Ipe lid lift from recycled flooring. Stained with MinWax Gunstock. Finished with shellac rubbed on. The bullet holder is unstained elm. Raised panel for top was done on the tablesaw. Dowel for hinge is elm (made on the router table).

The hinge was easier than I had feared. The stain experiment really highlighted the elm grain. And I’m happy with the Judge’s new home.

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

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 07:54 PM

Nice work Andy….that hinge is super cool. And the Elm really pops….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 07:58 PM

Another beautiful box!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 07:58 PM

It’s a beauty Andy. The hinge looks fantastic. I may have to go find that blog.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 07:58 PM

Your experiment turned out great. That us be a light stain. I am encouraged to try a wooden hinge like this.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 03-29-2015 08:02 PM

Beautiful Job Andy! Super excited to see this project, and you did such an amazing job with the grain and the finish and the top.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 03-29-2015 08:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Im a huge fan of the Judge as well. Great job buddy

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#7 posted 03-29-2015 08:06 PM

beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 08:19 PM

Looks great. I’d love to have one in the future. Oh, and the box looks fantastic too – grin. Seriously, the elm really came out nice. The hinge is a job well done.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 03-29-2015 08:28 PM

5 Stars!!! Amazing job.

Looks like you made the grips too – very slick.
Any plans for padding for the Judge?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#10 posted 03-29-2015 08:45 PM

Sweet looking box Andy, you done the Judge and the elm proud…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#12 posted 03-29-2015 08:47 PM

The elm really made this box. (Well, except for what’s INSIDE it)
And nice job on grain-matching the hinge !

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#13 posted 03-29-2015 08:54 PM

Superb! Love the elm and the hinges! Beautiful work!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#14 posted 03-29-2015 08:58 PM

Very nice, Andy!

I remember back in the early days of Lumberjocks there were some very clunky-looking wood hinges on boxes being posted. Designs sure have evolved over time!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 03-29-2015 09:01 PM

Wow Andy I love it. Did you make the handle on the pistol too.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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