These Hinges Are Addictive

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-28-2011 05:52 PM 4180 views 31 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I’m bored I either build another box or clean/organize the shop. This week I did both.I wanted to see if I could do the Shipwright hinges in thicker stock so I built this box (guess it is really a till?) to house my planes and card scrapers. The hinges turned out perfectly! I used a piece of foam floor underlayment to line the bottom to protect my plane blades, built the whole thing from 1×12 pine shelf scraps, added the lid chain (shop made chain), finished with BLO and wax, and put my leather ‘feet’ under it. Now I’m bored again! Thanks to all my LJ friends for all the ideas, help, and inspiration! I appreciate it.

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

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 06:01 PM

Great job…..I’ve been building boxes for some of my tools also…..just finished a box for all my welding tips, sticks, wires…etc. Glad to get them out of the drawer where they are loose and hard to find when I need em. I am working on a rolling case for under my TS now….it seems that I make some more space and it is full before I can lay the last coat of sealer on it….lol.

Bored? I am never bored in the shop…especially when I am able to be in there just to make something for kicks. Most of the time I am either working (in my real job)....or doing honey do’s around the house and property. So….if you are truly bored….come join me for a day….I will guarantee you won’t be bored…..just dog tired and glad it is over….LOL

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 06:10 PM

So what are you using to make those hinges? I’ve seen these done on small boxes but never this size? Looks like it would take an extra-long drill bit?

Bill W

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 06:19 PM

That looks great! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 06:33 PM

Like wildbill001 I would like to know too…..the hinges look great.

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 06:36 PM

Incra makes a gizmo i think they call a hinge-crafter that produces hinges that look like those (at least the pics on their Incra site look like those <g.)

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 06:43 PM

great work here. I like the idea of the pad for sole protection.

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 07:18 PM

Andy, I like the configuration where the back is higher than the sides. A cool idea. It makes those back corners a little different. Tell us more about the homemade chain, you teaser you. Maybe a closeup pic? Those are box joints look great. Do you have handles planned for the ends? That’s the only thing that I see that I’d add, just something to help carry it. Very well done, and I just love that Pine.

I hope I’m not butting in here Andy… Bill, the hinges come from Shipwright. See here.

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 10:55 PM

Nicely done for sure…............

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 10:58 PM

Real nice, Doc. I gotta do those hinges soon. The box joints look better than dovetails to me.

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 12:33 AM

I really klike those hinges… How do you get the roundness to the hinges with power or by hand… I am building A large dresser now and looking to some smaller projects… And maybe I will attempt one…
Thanks Ed

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#11 posted 10-29-2011 02:18 AM

Way cool!

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#12 posted 10-29-2011 03:33 AM

In answer to the questions: No drilling involved. See Shipwright’s and Yorkshire Stewart’s blogs for the build. Rance’s comment on Shipwright’s blog was what simplified things for me. Rance, No handles needed. It has its own spot and won’t be moved. The shop made chain is a holdover from my bit making days. Two pairs of needlenose pliers and some wire is all it takes.The back has to be taller than the front and sides as the hinges are integral, not attached after the fact. ie The top of the box makes half of the hinge and the back makes the second half. Hope that answered all the queries. If not, send me a pm. Thanks for all the nice comments.

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

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#13 posted 10-29-2011 03:36 AM

Shop made chain? I already knew I liked you.

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#14 posted 10-29-2011 04:18 AM


You probably are too organized and therefore get your work done too fast so you get bored. If your shop were a little chaotic, it could slow you down and you wouldn’t get so bored ;-).

Your box looks great. Shipwright’s hinge worked out super on the heavier material. Your homemade chain looks perfect!

When you’re bored again, come and organize our shop. Then you’ll realize how truly blessed you are to be bored!


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#15 posted 10-29-2011 04:28 AM

I have never heard of a woodworker running out of things to do. I would love to have you make boxes that I give away to couples that have lost a child.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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