Box with Wooden Hinges

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Project by DustyNewt posted 11-13-2007 03:54 AM 15138 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have I mentioned that I hate hardware? I don’t know what it is but steel and brass frustrate me. Although there is some truly beautiful hinges and knobs out there, and you really can’t beat those heavy duty, silent drawer slides, or the adjustability of European hinges, something about them intimidates me.

So I have been experimenting with wooden hardware. Here is my first box with wooden hinges. It measure 6×7’ x 3” high. The body of the box is poplar, with the hinges, lifter and feet in zebra wood. The top is a piece of trunk wood from my yard that I dried and resawed into veneer. I am not sure what the correct name of the tree is. We call it a Raintree. It is fairly soft when dry. They are very prolific and are quickly becoming a nuisance in our part of Florida along with the Orchid trees (again, I don’t know the correct name).

The finish on the veneer started with tinted linseed oil, four coats of thinned polyurethane cover the whole box inside and out.

I have learned from these first couple hinges and the next should be better.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 03:58 AM

Overall a nice design, very pleasing to the eye and those hinges are SWEEET! You better keep making those. Those are real benchmarks of quality like dovetails.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 04:00 AM

Love the wood contrast. Hinges are cool too. Great job!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 04:02 AM

Very nice box and I really like the top and the hinges. Great work…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 04:13 AM

The hinges look great and the grain continuation from the lower to the upper hinge shows the meticulous nature of your making them.

A great box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 04:22 AM

Very nice box. I like the “treash tree” lid and the hinges are very unique.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 05:18 AM

Those hinges are really outstanding. And at first I thought the top was a really fancy burl.

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

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 08:19 PM

Great box! Very nice design. I like the simplicity of the poplar, it really makes the raintree stand out. If only everyone knew what to do with those trees like you, they wouldn’t be a problem in your area.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 11:26 PM

I do like those hinges. I’ve done wooden ones but they’re always like finger joints. I’ll be trying those out for a change.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Kevin Violette

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 05:32 PM

Very nice piece! Very subtle and I love the wood hinges.

-- Kevin

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 05:39 PM


You’re saving on the expense of brass, but even if it takes you longer. It’s much nicer.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 11-14-2007 06:34 PM

Love the box and the hinges are awesome, love the stripes of the zebra wood. Very cool.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Dominic Vanacora

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#12 posted 11-17-2007 06:20 PM

I can’t see me spending 15, 20 dollars on a pair of hinges for a box. There brass not gold. But your’s are wood and look great and give that box owner one more reason to keep it forever. Nice design and workmenship. I know it’s not as easy as it looks.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#13 posted 11-14-2009 07:48 PM

like the box love the hinges

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 11-14-2009 08:15 PM

Super Box and great details too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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