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Project by littlecope posted 07-24-2009 10:13 PM 1186 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some would call it a Man’s Valet, some a Manbox, I like to call them Pocket Garages because that’s what I use them for. I have one at home, one at work, and park my keys, wallet, cellphone, etc. right where I know where everything is. Made this one for a good friend’s son by request, to get a jump on Christmas (5 mos. away tomorrow!).
Actually took a break from another project to build this one, hoping to “Bang something out” real quick, but I ended up trying a couple of new things and not having a lot of free time so it took me longer than anticipated. Up to this point I had always “constructed” the panels using thin pieces on a bias, this time I went with single-piece raised panels, uncharted waters for me! That went okay, but I also tried making my own hinges…
The second try yielded these which work great, but I think are a little large for the size of the box. I should have used the first set (which broke but were at least narrower) as a template for the second set. I could have matched the coloration better too…Hurrying never seems to get me where I want to go… :(
The wood is Poplar, I’m told, and was a pleasure to work, pleasant smelling as well! No glue was used, except on the wooden pins that hold the hinges on…
Now I have just five short months to make my friend’s other son one… ;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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Occie gilliam

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 10:20 PM

Nice box Mike, i like the heavy look

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 11:17 PM

Good posting Mike … nice project, and especially enjoyed your blog about making the hinges.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Innovator

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 11:29 PM

Looks good Mike, I second Dan I liked the info on the hinges.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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littlecope

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 12:28 AM

Thanks, Guys!
Occie: 14 daughters!! My Grand Dad had 4. You have him beat by a mile! Holy Moley!!
Dan & Innovator: Glad you enjoyed the Blog! Those are fun to do but take longer than the work itself…
When I have another go at them, I think I’ll cut the throats of the bottom half of the hinge a little deeper, so it opens just a little wider. The lid on this one stops at 90 degrees and stays, but I’d kinda like it to go just a tad beyond. My Father told me he has some brass rod I’m welcome to (Thanks, Dad!) and I’ll probably use that for the pin the next go-around. These squeak! I guess I should have waxed them or rubbed them on a bar of soap or something…Live and learn!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 01:02 AM

Nice job, Mike. I’m going to tackle those hinges one of these days.

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 03:52 AM

Nice work.

You indicated that no glue was used except the hinges. What fasteners did you use to bind the box together? These boxes would stack nicely together (assuming the base was designed to fit within the borders of the box lid. I could also easily see this design working well as a storage container for blades , sandpaper, etc (maybe with partitions within the box). Thanks for the post.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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TheQueTip

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#7 posted 07-25-2009 04:00 AM

One additional question. Is the popular stained or was that the natural color of the wood? Thanks

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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patron

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 04:43 AM

hey mike , nice box !
and a keeper blog on the hinges ,
i made a toy box for my son years ago , that was 2 ft. cubed .
no glue no fasteners , just dowels and t&g joints ,
the hinges on it were ” industrial size ” with a 1/2 dowel pin .
you could jump up and down on it !
20 years ago his mom told me it was still good !
i guess he still has it , but since he won’t talk to me im not sure ?
keep on cookin’ .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

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#9 posted 07-25-2009 04:45 AM

Thank you, Charlie. By all means, try ‘em out, you’ll like them. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Que Tip: The corners are all pinnedPinned Corner
I used to put a dab of glue on the pins for this, but have found it to be unnecessary. I wouldn’t want to have to be the one to try to take this apart after the press-fit pins have been tapped in, short of smashing it with a hammer!
As far as stack-ability, the raised section of panel doesn’t extend beyond the height of the sides. I made it that way so that a book or anything flat can be rested on top of it without teetering…The bottom is made the same way…
David, my friend, how are you?! Just saw your comment come up while I was answering! Praise from the Praiseworthy is Praise indeed!! Thank You! Yeah, Family. I could write an Opera about mine, never mind a Soap Opera…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 07-25-2009 05:44 PM

Very cool box. Gotta try this someday, no glue. That is a novel approach to building, anything. Way cool…........

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 07-28-2009 02:11 AM

That sure came out nice.
Those hinges are really cool.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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