Swivel hinge pine and cherry lunch box

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 08-23-2016 12:32 PM 2273 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a music teacher at a high school where I live in New Jersey and I carry a lunch with me every day. Needless to say my old cheapo lunch box was gerring considerably beddraggled.

I saw at Lowe’s a nice board in the “pine shelving” part of the store. The grain was very nice and wasn’t too heavy weight wise. Couple of dovetails and some cherry accents to hold the hinges and handle from a pallet ai thought worked quite nicely.

I wanted to maximize the storage but not have to sacrifice space so I split th box in half, drilled a hole part way through one corner, and fit a gutter spike in that is epoxied to the top part of the box to act as a swivel.

Insulation I’m not worried about as I have access to a refrigerator at school to put things to keep cold when I get there.

Dimensions: 7 and 3/4 ” high by 12” long.

Thanks for looking.

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 08-23-2016 01:10 PM

What? No secret chamber for the things your wife don’t want you to eat?? Looks good. I am wondering why you didn’t put the sliding part on the bottom section?


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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-23-2016 03:53 PM

Looks good , Kaleb. It is nice to be able to make just what you need. I’ll bet you have the sweetest lunch box in school!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-23-2016 05:09 PM

I like it . Cool idea. The cherry sets it off nicely.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 12:08 AM

Shhhhh mahdee your going to let our wives know all our secrets now….. Didnt think to do that to the bottom too, that might have been a neat idea.

Thanks for the comments jim and dave, real nice of you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 08:31 AM

Nice box. I like this locking mechanisam part.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 10:44 AM

I know Kaleb, I have been on this secret compartment kick for a few years and just can’t shake it off. Nice thing about the box is its insulating effect that far exceed the cheapo plastic ones I use.


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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 11:29 AM

Very cool. It also helps promote our craft to others.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 02:34 AM

Nice job!

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#9 posted 02-06-2017 06:33 AM

Tjusiga l├ądor!

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