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Project by josh posted 827 days ago 2126 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a pin hinge. I think it came out ok for not consulting a tutorial. I’m not sure why, since I have never even attempted a pin hinge, I would use this beautiful piece of figurey walnut lest I make a grave mistake. I regret using nails to affix the sides to the front and back. They are just butt joints but I figured on that smooth pine the joints wouldn’t hold up with just glue. This box came out pretty good but the nails cheapen it a bit, make it not look so clean. I should have just used 45 degree joints but then the sides were 3/4” and the front and back were 5/16?. So, those joints wouldn’t have matched up very well. I was trying to highlight two features in this box and they are the pin hinge and that awesome walnut lid. So, because of that, I guess I will let the nails slide this time.

Stuff used: scrap figurey walnut scrap beetle kill pine screw rods from old crutches for pin hinges some glue paste wax

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan





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Hawk9

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#1 posted 827 days ago

The nails give the box a rustic, old-timey look. Especially in pine. I’d of put a third nail between them for appearance only. The modern glues today really hold well. I like the look and size.
Pin hinges are fun!! And they can be addicting!
There are a great many ways to reinforce butt joints and make that part of the decor and decoration. Drill counter-sinks and then nail, screw, dowel, brass rod and fill with colored epoxy or Inlace. Check out LJ Andy for use of round AND square brass and epoxy for decoration. Just keep having fun with different ideas and….......
keep making sawdust.

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 827 days ago

I like it. You did a good job. Just keep doing what your doing.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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drbyte

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#3 posted 827 days ago

Great box!! I’ve got some scrap pallet wood I’ve been saving for boxes like this. It’s dark and richly colored and figure, some sort of Mahogany I think. Yours looks great!

-- Dennis, WV

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doncutlip

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#4 posted 826 days ago

I don’t think the nails take too much away for the great look of that box; it’s the top that makes it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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josh

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#5 posted 826 days ago

Thanks, All. Yeah, I agree, the top makes it. And that was my intention all along. I actually like the look of finish nails but it’s not necessarily the look I wanted for this particular box. What I really need to do is suck it up and practice my dovetails. (gulp)

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Lane

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#6 posted 825 days ago

You could use some smaller cut nails next time. They’d probably give it the look that regular finish nails don’t. Nothing wrong with nails anyway.

Another option, use your walnut scraps to make pegs, then drill/peg the joints.

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josh

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#7 posted 824 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions, Lane.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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vipond33

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#8 posted 823 days ago

The nails are certainly overshadowed by the intent of the box, the figured wood (love the pine at the rear) the offset handle (nice) and the shaping. As far as joining different thicknesses with mitres (which just means angled joints, not necessarily 45), you can do it this way (just happened to be making some of these today at work) i.e. a mason’s mitre

or even this (a mockup I did in mdf just to illustrate), a rebated mitre

Since your heights are different these would need to be stopped of course.
Look back later and think of this fondly as your nailed butt joint period.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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josh

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#9 posted 820 days ago

Gene, I appreciate you coming back to show me a better way to do this. I need to knowledge myself with more joints. I feel like I am a three joint guy with the three being the always boring butt joint, the half lap joint and the predictable 45. I did try a dovetail once on one of my boxes and it came out ok. I am such a stickler that I fear ruining good wood while trying another dovetail. I need to just practice then.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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palaswood

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#10 posted 279 days ago

I really enjoy your box. I recently made a box using butt joints only with titebond original and clamps. It seems really freaking solid (3/4” cherry/poplar), and its just a 9”x 4” small box, so it wont really be taking too much stress on those joints you know? (ie virtually none). Even dropping it accidentally probably wouldnt be a disaster.

@vipond33 What is that electrical plug doing sticking out of that piece of oak with the metal edges? what is that?

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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vipond33

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#11 posted 279 days ago

palaswood – so glad you asked. That of course is an electric straightedge, my own design, meant for ultra fast layouts and surface checking. Fold-able, works in Europe too (with an adapter) – patent pending.
Josh (gone 60 days) needs to return. Always enjoyed his projects.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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palaswood

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#12 posted 279 days ago

An electric straight edge? Tell me more! Whats the concept? I dont see what the electricity is for… lol What am I missing?

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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vipond33

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#13 posted 278 days ago

I guess you’re missing the tongue planted firmly in my cheek.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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palaswood

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#14 posted 278 days ago

completely. Im more confused than ever now…

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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