A lot of palm boxes and a tip.

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Project by Bearpaw posted 06-20-2011 07:12 PM 2534 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are part of 40 palm boxes I have made to sell at my church for money to support our mission projects. We have about 40 people in Alabama rebuilding a church and another group of 65 in Crossville, TN on a project. This is something First Baptist Church of Fairburn, Ga. has done for the past 29 years. Go to facebook and enter in the search box FBC Fairburn Builders for Christ to follow the project in Bug Tussell, Al. Yes that is the name of the town.

Since I could not go, I have made these boxes to help pay for someone else to go. The mahogany wood is from the old church pews from our last remodel. They were in the church from 1969 to 2007.

Now for the tip. I understand that some LJ’s glue the brass pin. Doing the glue seemed messy for me. I have made my pin point like a chisel. This was done on my belt sander, but any grinder would do. This makes the pin profile return to its orginal position. If someone has an easier way, I would like to hear about it.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 08:18 PM

The boxes look great and it is also great that you do this for such a worthy cause. Congratulations!
Why do you put a pont on your brass hinge pins? i just slightly smoth over the sharp edges on the ends to help them go in easier and then use a plug to cover the outside hole where they were inserted. A 5/16” plug and 5/16” forstner bit does a great job.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 10:16 PM

Wow! You have been busy. I’m sure the effort will really be appreciated.

Thanks for Sharing—-Nice job

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 12:57 AM

these are very saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet boxes for a great cause.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 01:32 AM

Those came out great and your tip on the pin is very helpful.
I glued in my pins (too much glue I think) and the darn thing was hard as hell to open until I worked the lid about 100 times ! LOL.
Thanks a bunch.

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#5 posted 06-21-2011 02:16 AM

I have only made two palm boxes but I used dowel for the hinge. I wanted one set to be dark and stuck the dowl in a can of oil stain for a time. I put my spacer between the lid and box and then blue tape it tight. I drill the hole for the hinge just a little tighter than the dowl. Then I remove the lid and inlarge the hole in the lide. Next I tap with a hammer the dowl through the box into the lid. The end of the dowl is removed with a hand saw and next comes sanding. It has worked for me so far!

Now! how did I get this post on twice?

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 03:03 AM

Nice work and done with the right spirit.

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

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