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Andy palm boxes with tutorial

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Project by SASmith posted 927 days ago 5611 views 78 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These palm boxes are constructed of catalpa and ambrosia maple.

Front, back and side cut to 7.5” and ripped to 3” width.

The length and width of the sides will be determined by the size of stock used. I used 3/4” throughout.

The glue up.

Marking the location of the hinge pins. 1/4” from the back and 3/8” from the top.

Creating a divot for the 1/8” brad point bit with an awl.

Using a double up piece of sandpaper to help with lid clearance. And clamps to secure it for drilling.

Using the drill press to drill an 1/8” hole for the brass hinge pin.

Creating a point on the hinge pin with my Ridgid OSS.

Sanding a 45 degree bevel on the back underside of the lid to make clearance for opening and closing.

The hinge pins made from brazing rod.

Creating a 45 degree chamfer on all corners. Top, bottom and sides.

After all the corners have been knocked off.

Smoothing the chamfers to create a gentle curve.

More smoothing with the random orbit.

I finished up with some hand sanding and a few coats of tung oil.

I would like to thank Argyllshire for the original blog on the subject:
http://lumberjocks.com/Argyllshire/blog/19800

Thanks for looking.
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 927 days ago

Very well documented :) How about adding them some inlay now?

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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SASmith

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#2 posted 927 days ago

@Sodabowski
I would have if I had more time.
These were just quick and dirty to get done in time for christmas.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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degoose

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#3 posted 927 days ago

And such a lot of them…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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harrywho

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#4 posted 927 days ago

Great looking boxes Scott! Thanks for the tutorial. One question; how did you determine the hinge pin location, I see that the 3/8” is 1/2 the thickness of the top, but how did you come up with the 1/4” from the back?
Thanks again,

Harry

-- Harry, Indiana

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SASmith

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#5 posted 927 days ago

The measurements of 1/4” from the back and 3/8” from the top came from Andy’s blog.

I really don’t know that it matters much.
Just do a dry fit with the hinge pins and if it won’t open you will have to create a bigger bevel on the underside of the lid to allow for more clearance.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 927 days ago

Scott, you do very nice work.
If you do not mind I would like to offer a few tips. I have made as many as 40 + boxes at one time, so I make jigs to speed things up and to make things accurate.
In locating the hinge pin hole you may want to look at my page for the project tea light holder, palm box and helpful jig. The jig locates the pin hole into the end without any layout. You can make it to fit your box design. I use a ¼” round over bit, Instead of doing the 45 angle. I keep all of my stock at ½” thick. I use it in my trim router and just hand hold it to make the edge. I also use that on all of the box edges before I do my hand sanding. I have a template for outlining the ends for sanding the shape. The last thing I do is I grind a chisel point on my pins. This way the pin will come back to the same position when the box is open and then closed.
I hope that this may help.

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

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SASmith

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#7 posted 927 days ago

Thanks for the tips, BearPaw.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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NormG

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#8 posted 927 days ago

Great tutorial. I made a fare amount of these for Xmas this year, they were fun. I also used almost completely oak boards from pallets. They are addicting

-- Norman

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JL7

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#9 posted 927 days ago

Good stuff Scott – thanks for the tutorial….....it’s on the list.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Cedar64

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#10 posted 926 days ago

Thanks for an Idea. Great looking boxes. Very nice work !!!

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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ellen35

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#11 posted 926 days ago

Really sweet boxes and a great tutorial.
Thanks.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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SASmith

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#12 posted 926 days ago

Thanks for all the comments.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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bilbaggins

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#13 posted 921 days ago

many thanks SAS!!! Seasons Greetings to all!

-- bilbaggins says: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

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#14 posted 912 days ago

Great tutorial, thanks

-- Norman

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SASmith

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#15 posted 911 days ago

@ bilbaggins & NormG:
Glad you found it useful.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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