|Project by Wood Studios||posted 05-22-2015 02:13 AM||1150 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
There is nothing special about this box except I think I have figured out a way to fasten the hinges to the carcass/case and the lid such that the lid is aligned with the carcass on all four sides. The solution hit me in a dynamic senior moment [seniors can have those moments when we discover the earth is round]. Using pinch clamps, I clamped two pieces of wood to each side of the box on the inside for a total of 8 clamps and 8 pieces of wood. I had left the top off the lid and the bottom off the carcass. The pieces of wood were long enough to extend above the carcass and into the lid. Then I put the lid on the carcass knowing it could not shift left to right or right to left or front to back or back to front. I had that lid secured so it was aligned to the carcass on all four sides. I had to lay it on the front side of the carcass to install the hinges so I placed pieces of wood under the front to provide clearance for the pinch clamps. Then I marked the hinges with a very sharp marking knife [from Lee Valley Tools], anchored a small straight bit in my Bosch trim router and made the mortises. The hinges went in very tight, and brass bolts and nuts were used instead of screws since the wood was soft furniture grade Northern pine.
So the two critical steps were:
1. leave the top of the lid off and the bottom of the carcass,
2. clamp pieces of wood on the inside to keep lid from moving around.
If you notice, the hinges were anchored on the outside of the box. My long standing, yet unresolved, desire is to find a way to put the hinges on the edges of the lid and carcass so just the knuckle is showing and do this over and over again without any screw ups and such that the lid is aligned on all four sides with the carcass.
-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!