Hinge topped boxes

  • Advertise with us
Project by CanalboatJim posted 01-24-2012 11:17 PM 2561 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago a friend gave me this hinge. It had survived a devastating fire at his church in downtown Akron, Ohio. After looking at it for years hanging on my tool wall, it finally came to me to use the hinge as the lid of a small box. Box 1 is quarter sawn white oak, finished with Okean penetrating oil and wax. Box 2 is cherry, finished with tung oil and wax. Box 1 uses the hinge pin for the hinge, box 2 uses a dowel. I surprised my friend with the boxes at Christmas.

-- Jim Westbrooks

23 comments so far

View waho6o9's profile


7275 posts in 2088 days

#1 posted 01-24-2012 11:43 PM

Very nice Christmas presents. Nice work as well.

View reggiek's profile


2240 posts in 2781 days

#2 posted 01-24-2012 11:45 PM

Great idea….that was one fancy hinge….I like it better in the use you made for it….What a great surprise for your friend.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

View Skylark53's profile


2636 posts in 2571 days

#3 posted 01-24-2012 11:46 PM

Great idea! Nice project; good use of an otherwise, very nearly useless hinge.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

View jbschutz's profile


508 posts in 2202 days

#4 posted 01-25-2012 12:45 AM

Creative, brilliant use of a piece of history.

-- jbschutz

View doncutlip's profile


2832 posts in 3067 days

#5 posted 01-25-2012 12:54 AM

Neat idea, I like them.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Woodbutcher3's profile


387 posts in 2397 days

#6 posted 01-25-2012 01:26 AM

I love it.
Very well done good and faithful servant.
History – beauitful history will live on…...

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

View jack1's profile


2058 posts in 3538 days

#7 posted 01-25-2012 01:32 AM

That’s pretty neat and a nice thing to do for your friend.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View taoist's profile


121 posts in 2002 days

#8 posted 01-25-2012 02:08 AM

Very well done, bravo.

View BarbS's profile


2434 posts in 3596 days

#9 posted 01-25-2012 02:39 AM

Brilliant! and Beautiful. I really like that second one. How very special for your friend.


View planeBill's profile


506 posts in 1920 days

#10 posted 01-25-2012 02:47 AM

That is a very artistic hinge, elaborate. You used it in a most unusual way, a very creative way, a very beautiful way, and to regift it to your friend, well, thats pretty cool. Maybe it has some centimental value to him seeing how it came from his place of worship and all. I wonder how old it is?
Anyway, very creative and kind of you.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

View Roger's profile


20120 posts in 2315 days

#11 posted 01-25-2012 03:03 AM

what a spiffy idea. and a really nice pair o hinges. way to recycle

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View  woodshaver (Tony)  's profile

woodshaver (Tony)

4204 posts in 2864 days

#12 posted 01-25-2012 03:36 AM

Very creative! I was looking at the screw holes and wondering what some Red Rubies and Green Emeril’s would look like in the screw holes. But without a doubt they both look fanastic just the way they are.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

View Wayne's profile


196 posts in 2104 days

#13 posted 01-25-2012 04:03 AM

A fitting display for a beautiful piece of hardware.
I cant think of a better idea!

View a1Jim's profile


115370 posts in 3088 days

#14 posted 01-25-2012 04:13 AM

Very creative use of a outstanding hinge , great job.

-- Custom furniture

View WoodSimplyMade's profile


188 posts in 2831 days

#15 posted 01-25-2012 04:31 AM

What a great idea!! These are terrific, don’t think a hinge would ever have brought me an idea like that.

It always great to be able to incorporate something of personal value or a surviving material from something destroyed and turn it into of an item of remembrance and art for its value to live on.

-- Mike, Florida,

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics