5th Anniversary Box

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Project by joph posted 04-16-2015 08:40 PM 1870 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project post. I’ve built a couple of projects before, but this was my most ambitious to date. For my anniversary I wanted something that was within the limits of my skill, impressive, but also endearing. I think I hit the mark on this one.

I saw another project here on lumberjocks with this hinge mechanism and really liked it so I reverse-engineered the hinge. I built this for my wife for our fifth wedding anniversary. The sides and top are walnut. The bottom is birch plywood floating in a dado. The sides are mitered with maple keys. The arms are sapele. The pins are dowels capped with sapele.

I turned the pins on my drill press.

I decided where I wanted the pins on the lid, where I wanted the lid to be when open, and that I wanted the rear arm to be vertical. This causes the location of the rear arm pin on the box to be fixed. Then I made the longer arm and held it with the lid pin and drew a circle with the box closed and with the box open. The intersection of these two circles is where the last pin must be. It’s an elegant solution to a problem that requires very precise measurements…. without using any real measurements.

-- There's no such thing as a weekend project.

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 03:15 AM

VERY impressive work.



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#2 posted 04-17-2015 03:59 PM

Nice box!

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 04:30 PM

That is a nicendesignnandn a realbeauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 01:47 AM

I really like the box..great build and great 5th Anniversary

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