Prototype wood purse frames

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-05-2017 01:51 AM 1854 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been contracted to make some prototype wooden purse frames with long stainless steel hinges and cut to size for a piece of tempered glass to fit on each side.. They finished at 2 3/4” x 9 1/4” x 9 1/4”. I used maple and added 2 – 1/2” rare earth magnets for the closure. I experimented with a magnet on one side and a steel disk on the other but found that two magnets with opposite poles facing each other worked the best. The first two frames had the magnets epoxied in and them covered in epoxy and sanded but for the third one ( the one I think they should go with) I put a .040” thick wood disk over the top and they still pull very well. The wood sands better than the epoxy!!The intent is to paint the frames for the finished product.

All the frames have spline reinforced corners.

There are 3 hinge designs- all with the pivot inside the frame. The first on the left has the hinge mounted at 45 degrees and flush with the bottom. The second is a hidden internal pin design that I use for my projects but it is not the best for mass production. The third has 1/2” SS piano hinge mounted flush with the bottom and it is the easiest to manufacture. The third one also had the magnets covered with wood.

I don’t want to get into mass productions of 100 of them like they want, though!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 02:12 AM

Nice job Jim and lets hope the orders still come in.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 02:25 AM

Not sure what these are used for Jim, but they look well built and you have a good variety to choose from.

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

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 05:13 AM

Very good Jim!

Hey, get it all jigged-up and you could whipout 100’s of them!

COOL… whatever they are… :)

Would beat a Craft Show… wouldn’t it? :)

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#4 posted 06-05-2017 07:13 AM

Jim, Very well made and very, very square. The Miters are nice and crisp. I like the piano hinges too.

Picture 2 is a good shot side on showing the piano hinge and how nicely the frame closes with almost a Yin and Yang effect.

Jim, I am puzzled as to what a Wooden Purse Frame is????



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 09:35 AM

The variations all look great with very similar results. If you are taking these to the customer, I would only show them the easiest one to manufacture. Only if they don’t like the first prototype would I consider showing them the other 2.

Just think, if the pin design takes only an extra hour to complete, for 100 boxes that’s 100 extra hours = 2-1/2 extra weeks!

Nice work and Good luck, Jim!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 06-05-2017 10:23 AM

All well done Jim. I agree with Tooch Show the easiest one to make first. I’ve see wooden purse handles before on ladies purses but never this type! But what do I know!!! LOL! I would love to see the bag it’s attached to!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-05-2017 11:02 AM

Very nice Jim.

What I do in order to hide my magnets is to hide them with a round wooden plug.

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#8 posted 06-05-2017 11:02 AM

The one with wooden hinge is my favourite. Otherwise it will be very good finish project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-05-2017 11:36 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Hi Dave. These are frames for purses that sell for $1000 to $1500. They are carried by high fashion models during shows and photo shoots. My customer is trying to get into the market with their design with glass sides. They seem a little large to me, but what do I know about high fashion?? Maybe poplar wood would be lighter!!

Hi Mike, I’ll take your advice on presenting these to her!!

Hi Joe. It would beat a craft show, but I don’t like to make more than one of anything!!It gets to be more like WORK then and I’m retired. I just answered an E mail to make some frames for someone.

Hi Ivan. I think the hidden pin hinge is the cleanest looking,too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 06-05-2017 12:55 PM

Looking good Jim.
You sure get some interesting commissions.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 06-05-2017 02:55 PM

I agree with Ivan!

Can’t blame you for not wanting to get into mass production on these!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 06-05-2017 04:39 PM

You did a nice job on these frames.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-05-2017 04:51 PM

Thanks, Charles. I hope they like them.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 06-05-2017 09:23 PM

You learn something new every day Jim, I had no idea what these were let alone used for. They certainly look fit for purpose & good luck with the order (if you decide to proceed) You do get some interesting projects mate :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 06-05-2017 10:14 PM

Interesting, never heard of glass purses – even with tempered glass they could break if dropped. You did a great job on the frames – I would love to see a photo of the finished version. Thanks for sharing

-- Leafherder

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