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Project by Don posted 12-19-2006 08:33 AM 3095 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried this one with two features new to me; veneering and a wooden hinge. I used scrap to make the jewelery box left over from previous work – that’s one of the reasons I like making small boxes.

The lid of this box is Burl Myrtle on the top and Plain Huon Pine on the underside. Both comes from Tasmania. I laminated these to a 3mm MDF core. I’m not sure what the other timber is, but I think it is Jarrah, readily available here in Australia. The blond accent pieces are a mix of American Maple and Vic Ash. It’s hard to distinguish between the two.

I cut the box-joint on an adjustable jig that I made.

As well, I used this jig to make the wooden hinges. The box-joint was cut on a table-mounted router using a 1/2” router bit, and the hinge using a 1/4” router bit. The axle is a brass pin, and exposed pine dowels help secure the hinge to the body of the box. The finish is shellac with a hardener.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/





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Chip

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#1 posted 04-18-2007 01:39 AM

Missed this one before too Don. What a great box. I think I looked at it when we were talking hinges when I first joined and I never came back and finished studying it. It is just beautiful and the craftsmanship is outstanding. This one definitely deserved a second look.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Diane

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#2 posted 04-25-2007 03:13 PM

This is a very special box the hinges are just beautiful on it.

Diane

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Drew1House

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#3 posted 04-25-2007 06:29 PM

I love the hinges. For box makers we should start an exotic lumber exchange to trade smaller pieces of exotics.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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PanamaJack

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#4 posted 04-25-2007 06:40 PM

Don, This is awsome! The hinging is great, adding the pine plugs set these hinges off. Is making this kind/type hinge very hard? Or is it just time consuming? I do like ideas for using up scraps left over. I have no fireplace. With the price of some woods higher per foot than a gallon of gas here, I really do not want to throw scraps away.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Don

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#5 posted 04-25-2007 11:55 PM

LJ, this is an easy hinge to make. If you look more closely at it you will realize that it is simply a box joint. The inside surface of the fingers are rounded off to allow the joint to pivot and a hole is drill through the fingers to accept a brass rod. (I use brass welding rod.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 04-26-2007 12:37 AM

Beauitiful Don,
I’m still amazed At all of the nice wood you have available to work with down there.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David

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#7 posted 05-02-2007 05:29 PM

Don -

I think I missed this project. I love these boxes. I especially enjoy the interesting timber that you use and the fine craftsmanship. I really like the hinges and the brass hinge pins. I am interested in the hardner that you mentioned for the shellac finish.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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niki

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#8 posted 05-02-2007 06:53 PM

Don

The box is beauty but I must join all the others and say, I love the hinges.

Maybe for you it’s simple but not for me.

The idea to use wooden hinges is great, I think that it gives the box something special and not like the standard ones with those golden hinges…

Very nice work
niki

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 08-25-2008 07:03 PM

Great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Richforever

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#10 posted 08-26-2008 06:20 AM

I love the hinges and how they interact with the box as a whole. Thanks!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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