Francis and Digna's Box

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 06-04-2011 09:34 AM 4311 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually, my brother Francis is nicknamed as Andy and it was coincidental that the hinges I used in this box is from LJ Andy’s with slight modification. I like to sand it the way Andy’s boxes look that is why it is made with thick materials… 3/8” however I changed my mind as it was done in a hurry.

Francis and Digna are both living in Canada. It was easy for me to send this one through my stepson Richard and his girlfriend Lourdes who took vacation for a month here. Lourdes residence in Canada is just in the neighborhood of my brother’s.

Also, I like to thank God with this gift for giving full blessing to Digna who just recovered and healed from brain spasm. She had been in comma after the brain operation. Now, I am happy that she is recuperating with her left leg which is the one left after such operation. Francis and Digna are so religious and they deserve to have this gift from us Agnes, Janna and I.

The box is made from different woods…
Top lid.. Red tanguile
Black lining – Kamagong.. Philippine ebony
The sides… Balayong … A very hard same like as Paduak
The bottom … Yakal .. A very hard Philippine wood… This is 3/16” thick but very strong. You can see the nailholes in it..
Oh yes, All wood are scrapped and recycled.

The photos #4 and #5 showed the details of the hinges and the rounded back and cove side and top lid. This is peculiar… my first to make pin hinge… The pin I used is this:

The joint on the side is also doweled pin with 5 mm bamboo pins from chopsticks.. You can see the same in the hinge pin plug. The ebony strip is just inlayed on but the strength of the joint is on the dowel pins a total of 6 on each side. The lid can be opened with a coin in the slot provided. I did not put a knob as it will distract the good symmetry of the top.

Though this is the simplest box I made, this has made me confident that I can make a palm box, or Andy’s box and many other similar joint using dowels. Please note that I never had used jigs for dowels and the hinge…. Only free hand drilling with electric drill. Hard to say that you can perfect the alignment of the pins in just one try… I made several practice in doing the pinholes.

Hope you like it.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 10:27 AM

A Fine Gift and Box my Friend!!
My Best Hopes that Digna may continue to heal and recover…

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

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 11:35 AM

Thank you for telling us the story behind this beautiful box. The joints look perfect! I also wish Digna a continued recovery and wish your family the best. It is a wonderful box!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 04:11 PM

You do so much with so little. Recycled materials, basic tools and yet with your ingenuity and passion for woodworking, you make beautiful things come to life.

Well done Bert

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

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 04:58 PM

I’d like to second Paul’s words, Bert. Very satisfying to see recycled materials put to such good use. Well done my friend.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 05:30 PM

Thank you friends who are really my inspiration in doing the woodworks. I knew you are so eager with my other amazing projects and suprises but I am just busy and have a very limited time. I will keep you updated if I have time. Thanks for your concern for my sister-in-law Digna. God bless.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 05:56 PM

Hey Bert,
I have to agree with Paul and Martyn. I’m sorry to hear about Digna’s stroke. Encourage her to apply herself to her physical therapy. She basically has one year to get as much back as she can. We have been living with my sons brain injury for 21 years this month. And I know what she is enduring. Please relay our love and best wishes to her and Andy. I know your box will cheer her just as it has Megan. Rand

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#7 posted 06-05-2011 02:48 AM

beautiful box Bert..using pin as hinge is another challenge. I’m having difficulty in installing the quadrant hinge I bought in Shanghai..scrapped two boxes so far.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 07:01 AM

Rand, Thanks. Latest news from Digna… she is well and on theraphy for the left foot. She is so happy about the box and she will use it for her medicines. Quite gratifying from our side too.

Armand, Thanks. I have never tried the quadrant hinge but I think you need to make a grove in the midsection of the side… this can be done through your mortiser machine using 1/8” router bits prior gluing the sides. It will be quite difficult to do it when the box is already assembled. Rand was very kind to send me the 1/8 spiral tct bits which I used most of the time without problem. So strong and not jamming along the way.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 04:22 AM

Your amazing Bert. I always love seeing your projects and readng your stores and wish them well too.

-- Janice

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