Thanks to Rance, Shipwright, and Yorkshire Stewart

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-22-2011 09:10 PM 3181 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trying to do this type hinge ever since I saw Yorkshire Stewart’s. Then I saw Shipwrights and tried his. Rance then did a Sketch Up thingy and I finally got it! Box is cedar I resawed from a 5×7 ceiling beam from a very old house. 1/4” box joints on box, 1/8” box joints on tray, finished with 2 coats BLO followed by 6 coats of Spar wiped on. This old cedar soaked up finish like a sponge! Box is 12” x 7” x 7”. The joints are all pinned (no glue). I used a 1/8” oak dowel for the hinge pin rather than brass in keeping with the all wood theme. Thanks guys! This is why I love this site. Now I have to try this with some hardwood. Trays are scrap doug fir from the last folding chair.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 09:49 PM

real nice, I will someday have to try and attempt the hinge, “did yourself proud”

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 11:42 PM

ahhhh whats all the huff about, an easy hinge…geee… little sister could do that…....LOL… certainly did yourself proud here, its a beauty, i love this box , as it just has that feel to it, beautiful joinery…nice and tight, no glue…the hinge really sets it off…frantastic…........

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 12:50 AM

Great Job gfadvm!! And in a softwood too!!
Very Well Done my Friend…

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

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 02:25 AM

Beautifully Done, nice Box, must agree with the Grizz and Mike, this one has a real good look, I like it, thanks for sharing

ps. and thanks to all the great woodworkers who all help each other, this site makes inspiration a reality Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 02:30 AM

Great job, Doc. ... and to keep things going, you have given me an idea for a project I am working on. You’ll see it later. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 03:03 AM

Nice job, I think Paul would be happy with your take on the hinges :)

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

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 06:48 AM

Andy, I REALLY like the box. You’d have gotten it without my sketch. Kudos really go to Yorkshire and Shipwright. Those are such cool hinges. I think the box joints compliment the hinges nicely too. Nice job with knot placement too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 07:59 PM

Wonderful box, joints and hinge. You really brought it all together with a simple elegance that shows
your mastery of woodwork. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 03:11 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Bluepine38: “mastery of woodwork”. Yea right, thats why it took me over 4 months to figure out how to do the hinge. LOL at the “mastery” part of your comment. But the learning was fun!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-24-2011 03:22 PM

Never said that learning was instantaneous, it only took me less than a year to figure out how to part a
circle of wood on the lathe to make a wooden bowl that I could put a coat of finish on, but I was having
fun in the shop doing it, working on the lathe and various Rube Goldberg attachments. I guess that is
part of woodworking, I am too dumb to know I can not do it and just keep at it until I master another
part of the process and do not worry about the fact that there is still so much to learn. Hope we both
continue to have fun in the workshop for many more years.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 03:15 AM

Today I figured out that you need to cut the pin slot 7/16” deep if you are useing 3/4” stock. I think I’m starting to get the hang of these hinges. They really are pretty easy once you know the proper cut dimensions.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 10-26-2011 01:54 PM

Sorry to be late to comment but I’m out of email contact except for the odd internet cafe. I like the box. It looks great but I can’t get the blowups on this computer so I’ll comment again when I get home in a couple of days.

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

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#13 posted 10-31-2011 12:07 PM

Nice work, the wood looks fantastic too!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 10-31-2011 01:39 PM

That’s an excellent and well executed box. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 03-17-2012 10:16 AM

I have only just noticed this project and the credit I’ve been given. Thanks gfadvm!

Here's a link to my blog on the hinge. And here’s a recent box featuring another.

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

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