Wooden Hinges

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Project by ruddy posted 06-01-2011 06:57 AM 6379 views 27 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There has recently been some great posts on here regarding wooden hinges for boxmaking. I decided to have a go at making some wooden hinges and after experimenting to get the technique of making hinges I bit the bullet and went ahead to make a box.This box has wooden hinges fitted so that they are flush with the rear face of the box. I like the different appearance this gives to the box.The hinges are made from Jarrah and the spacing of the slots is 3mm.
I cut the rebated slots to house the hinges before I cut the lid off the box. This made fitting the hinges incredibly easy and absolutely accurate in matching lid to base after the glue up of the hinges. There are no screws holding the hinges, just Titebond glue.
The box is from a Tasmanian timber called King Billy Pine and the top panel is also from another Tasmanian timber called Black Heart Sassafrass. The keys are Jarrah.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 07:13 AM

Dang…that is slick. I’m reeally impressed. I’ve got to try those hinges. Great stuff Ruddy!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 08:15 AM

Beautiful hinges and craftsmanship.
I will try to copy those hinges.

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 10:53 AM

I like way you did the splines and the dowels at the end of them. the box is very nice and you nailed the hinges! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 11:11 AM

Excellent Hinge Work on a Top-notch Box!!
Very Well Done Ruddy!!

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

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 11:13 AM

Very nicely done. I love the way those hinges look from the back.

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 01:57 PM

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 02:52 PM

That is so beautiful and innovative

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 03:29 PM

Very cool ! Are the mechanics of the hinges held together with pins or are they stand alone like a
Roubo book stand?

-- Lotidus

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 03:56 PM

I love the flush look of the wooden hinges. Great execution!

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 06:03 PM

Now that is really nice.
The rebated hinges look great.
And it looks like you have about 100 degrees of opening. Or rather, how much do you have?

How’d ya cut the rebates?

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 06-01-2011 06:27 PM

Well done-all around. The hinges are especially interesting. Love the wood choices.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 06-01-2011 07:15 PM

Great work on the box and hinges. It is always nice to see differant boxes made.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#13 posted 06-01-2011 08:47 PM

Nice work. Love the hinges.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 06-01-2011 10:03 PM

Sweet box and execution. The hinges really set it off as a high end custom work. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Question: if you cut the hinge rebates one TS blade thichness shy would there then be no gap?

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#15 posted 06-01-2011 11:28 PM

I’ve put off trying wooden hinges because the traditional ones just looked well out of place to me. Now I have no excuse and will add to the “box” list. Great execution on a great design!

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