Thinnest Wooden Hinges Yet

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Project by gfadvm posted 03-05-2012 11:25 PM 3578 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I glued up some end grain blanks of Jatoba, walnut, zebra wood,poplar, maple and decided to see how thin I could do the Shipwright hinges. Box is Jatoba and American sycamore with ‘no glue’ box joints. Top is end grain sanded to 600 grit. Hinges are 1/4” mahogany. Finish is BLO and Renissance wax. These were a little tedious but really fun and I really liked the way they turned out.

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

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 11:49 PM

Andy, Andy, Andy….You are really making some first class boxes. Very nice and impressive.

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 11:49 PM

Those are very nice boxes. I can see the pins for the glueless box joints, but how is the top part of the hinge attached to the lid? Nice use of the endgrain pattern for the tops. I lie your signature line also, but isn’t that being optimistic!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 12:11 AM

Really nice boxes, the hinges came out great.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 12:22 AM

Very cool boxes ,I like the hinges ,really top notch work.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 12:40 AM

Hey those boxes look great, and thin hinges, really super build. Great looking finish.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 12:40 AM

OK, they’re your hinges now. I’m pretty sure you’ve made more of them than I have ;-)

Another nice box and you flatter me with your affection for those hinges.

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

#7 posted 03-06-2012 12:47 AM

Very cool boxes great job.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 12:48 AM

While enjoying the pix of your new boxes, for some reason, the song “Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” kept running through my head. So I just changed a couple of words and made it, ” . . . King of the wild wood hinge”! Good job, Andy!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 12:56 AM

Andy I just finished making my first set of hinges—what a project—lots to consider—I got good at making adjustments after the fact—that is when I glued the hinges to box and lid, the lid would not open !!!!!!Yours look like you’ve been making tyhem forever

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 01:05 AM

Gorgeous craftsmanship

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 01:47 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 01:48 AM

Robert, I just glued it with TB 3 and hope for the best. Probably wouldn’t stand up to rough treatment but these are probably going to stay in my house. Shipwright, They will always be ‘Shipwright hinges’ to me as you taught me how to do them (with help from Rance, the Sketch Up king). Lizardhead, Don’t you hate it when that happens? I don’t install the pin permanently until I see that they work. Also I glue one half at a time. I also put a 1/16” spacer between lid and box to assure that the lid will close completely. NOTE: I forgot to mention that I used a ultra thin kerf circular saw blade to cut the kerfs in the hinges (1/16”) and the had to use coat hanger wire for the hinge pin as I didn’t have any 1/16” brass or stainless and wasn’t about to drive to town for that dinky deal. Thanks for all the kind words. Praise from your peers is the best kind!

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

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#13 posted 03-06-2012 01:52 AM

Those are awesome .. im trying to gather more words … wicked cool.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 03-06-2012 01:53 AM

Beautiful work!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 02:00 AM

you have done it again andy

tighter and tighter
better and better
gooder and gooder

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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