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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 05-02-2012 02:03 AM 3870 views 16 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little experimental box of maple and bloodwood.

This was my first attempt at a box with a pivot-type hinge. Since I didn’t have anything like brass rod laying around, I figured a couple of screws would serve the purpose. The holes in the lid are drilled slightly over-sized so the screws aren’t really biting into it. Not very elegant, but effective enough.

The finish is BLO, buffed out on the lathe.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 02:07 AM

Great design and great looking too.

I have been using brass rod on my boxes and love the look.

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 02:09 AM

i like it charlie, that is what i love about wood working, always a different way to do things, i think the screws turned out fine, and i like the plugs you used for your joinery, ive been using blo for awhile on my boxes, i really like it, it leaves the wood feeling like wood, unless something is really going to have some punishment, no more poly on my boxes…have a good night charlie…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 02:11 AM

oh yea, was going to tell you , i bought a package of welding rod that was flux coated, i soaked it in water for about a week and it made it really soft and i was able to scrape it right off, so i got some brass rod really cheap…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 02:14 AM

This looks very cool, I love the way the blood wood and the maple contrast each other.

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

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 02:21 AM

Hey Grizz…thanks for the tip!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 02:29 AM

Nice little box Charlie, love the Maple & Bloodwood combination and design.
Still practicing on pivot hinge boxes myself…....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 02:43 AM

Kind of like a palm box, but with higher sides.
I like that wood combo a lot.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#8 posted 05-02-2012 03:55 AM

Looks good Charlie. I changed from using brass rods awhile back. I found some 1/8” welding studs that are 2” long and have a head on one end. Perfect for pin hinges. I always use a plug to hide then and keep them from coming out.

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 03:55 AM

Beautiful wood combo. I think this style of box is great … quick and easy . And you made it pretty.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 04:20 AM

I find it quite elegant in it’s unique and simple style.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 04:24 AM

Smooth is the word that first came to mind! Curious George asks why not use a hardwood dowel for hinge? Expansion?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 04:28 AM

very cool box Chuck.

It is known to all – one of the features of this box is that the top can be removed by unscrewing the hinges… its a feature – it’s not that you didn’t have a brass rod… ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 05:49 AM

Good one Charlie.
Nice wrinkle on the hinge and an clean, elegant box.

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

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 06:16 AM

great box charlie

beautiful wood combos

whatever works
seems to be the thing to do

been thinking those bamboo shish-cabob sticks
might be good too

-- 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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#15 posted 05-02-2012 09:29 AM

Very nice. Very clean.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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