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Project by littlecope posted 12-08-2009 02:11 AM 2142 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...because mine have been given away on me for Christmas!! Yes, even my own are disappearing… but it’s all good, it gives me an excuse to make a couple more boxes, one for Home and one for Work. :)
This one was strictly for fun… made from Poplar Drawer sides. I used a Drawer front for the hinges.Wooden Hinges The fronts were Poplar core with a Veneer of some sort on either side, so the flat side, against the box, is “defined” somewhat by the veneer… It created a kind of cool effect on them, from the inside, when the box is open…
I did make a mistake on them, failing to take into account the Saw Kerf from the parting of the lid from the bottom…Hinge Over-extension... Oops!
It doesn’t stick up and over the lid, just over the “eased” area… Ah, well, I can live with it… I guess…
“Turned” my own little Knob in the Drill press… That was quick and easy!! Next time I do that I’ll have to snap some pics… I couldn’t wait to pre-paint it, ended up painting the knob right on the BoxPainting the knob
Which left my favorite part of the job, the Finishing… I had a guest last week, and she captured this action shot of me applying the first coat of poly… Note the tremendous enthusiasm…Applying the frst coat of wipe-on Poly
I actually like the wipe-on, but all they had when I went to my supplier was a semi-gloss, and it was more semi than gloss; so after three coats of that, I topped it off with a final light coat of Gloss Spray-on. Here again, they didn’t have my usual brand and I went with something cheaper… which never bodes well… I got “Tiny Bubbles” in my Finish!! Good thing this is only for me!! Overall, it didn’t come out looking that bad though… :)Table Reflection

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

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 02:22 AM

Joints look pretty even for not accounting for the kerf :-)) You’re on a roll now, keep on chargin’!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 02:24 AM

Mike, did you play with a band, back in the day. Just curious, you look familiar. Anyway very cool box, gloss or no, love the hinges and a cool nob, heh?I now it’s k nob. And I know you don’t start a sentence with and.

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

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 02:38 AM

That is very cool. I never thought of making wooden hinges.

Of course I haven’t even made a box yet but I will someday.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 02:43 AM

Nice Box ! I like your hing design kinda reminds me of a fish with the tail at the bottom and the mouth at the top … Hey every once and awhile we gotta make something for ourselfs it seems like we’re always giving our projects away.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 03:27 AM

that last photo looks too good ! it shows great reflection in the finish.

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

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 03:34 AM

Nice job on the box. Those hinges are pretty cool.

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 03:39 AM

Very nice.
Love the hinges.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 03:51 AM

Many Thanks!!
Topomax: I planned for it in the box joints, but not in the upper hinge half lengths, so they ended up “off the flat”... about an 1/8”, or about a Kerf’s width
JockMike: No, I was never with a band, I’m just a really Cool Cat!! LOL
Bothus: Wooden is the only way to go, my Friend, at least for me. I’m learning about these as I go, but this set is a particularly well working set… No “Play” at all!! When I raised the lid it was tight enough where it wanted to pick up the bottom. I put a couple drops of dish-washing liquid on them, worked it in, and wiped off the excess and they work perfect… :)
Rj: Hey, I saw the “Fish” too!! They could be intentionally shaped like fish or birds or anything at all, if somebody wanted to take the time…
As far as making it for myself, we’ll see… They never seem to stick around for very long! I’ve only got one left of the earliest boxes that I made… The only reason I still have that one is because I dedicated as a home for my router bits…
Thanks Again, Everybody!!

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

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#9 posted 12-08-2009 03:53 AM

well , well , well ,


ho , ho , ho ,

looks like santa started with you this year ,
TWO pocket garages !

they couldn’t be built with more love ,
custom made just for you !

merry christmas !

-- 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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#10 posted 12-08-2009 04:13 AM

Oh, yeah, almost forgot!!
From My house to all of Yours, the very Best Wishes For a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!My First Christmas at the Family "Compound" 1960

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

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#11 posted 12-08-2009 04:33 AM

Nice job on the box. The joints look excellent!
I always love your hinges!
However, if that’s your picture in your diaper…well, that’s more than I can take!!!
Merry Christmas to you too!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 12-08-2009 06:52 AM

Fantastic box. I allways love to here of others reclaiming good wood from old furniture.

Great design on the box, and your hinges are just WOW! Fantastic. I have made a couple of sets but yours a a lot nicer then mine (even if the top is a little long)haha

Keep up the fantastic work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Monty Queen

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#13 posted 12-08-2009 07:48 AM

Dude another awsome box, i love your work. Great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 12-08-2009 08:38 AM

Nice box, you turned the knobs on your drill press, you’ll have to share that little trick. I hate finishing and sanding but it goes with all projects I guess. Nice classic Christmas picture too. You look very cold next to that tree. Have a merry Christmas Mike.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 01:08 PM

very nice mike – i don’t like finishing – just not very good at it

-- -erik & christy-

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