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STARBOX - My first wooden hinge.

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 781 days ago 2221 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long time since my last project posted. However, it doesn’t mean that I stopped woodworking. It was just a break.

Here is one of those skills that I had developed:

1) Making the star. Manually cut and planed to suit the correct angle and combination of wood. Along with this cutting is the grain orientation that you need to arrange accordingly. I tried other techniques using miter saw but it is just a waste of time for making the jigs rather than cutting them by hand.

2) Making the wooden hinge. I owe the technique from Paul and Martyn. They were both great in doing the hinge using grooves. In cutting the groove, I used 1/8” and done it on the side but not on the edge. It was difficult to control the snapping and tear out during the cutting of the recessess (just like cutting a dovetail or box joint). The fitted on the starbox was this method, and I will not do it again for better reasons.
Here below is the technique using the edge… much better..

3) PENTAGON - The worst thing is how to clamp it and manage to glue it. Again the magic of masking tape made it easy. The shape is stable once dry but there is a danger in handling it and because of this, I use portable grinder (with sanding disc installed) and portable sander.

4) POLYURETHANE finished. I found that the aerosol type will not allow a second coat even dry. the first coat was burnt and I have to repeat again. I used sanding sealer then one spray of polyurethane. Nothing follows. If ever, I have a violin wax to top it after several weeks to allow the poly to dry and cure.

Size: 5 1/2 diameter of Pentagon point side x 3 inches height
Wood: NARRA, Lauan
Glue: PVA

Well, at least my wife Agnes wants to own it rather than giving it to others. Anyway, she is the star of my life that gives light in our family.

Thanks to all and hope you like it.

-- Bert





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 781 days ago

Very cool box. Always nice when the wife is happy.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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degoose

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#2 posted 781 days ago

Marvellous…

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

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littlecope

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#3 posted 781 days ago

Excellent Work Bert!!
It’s good to see a project from you again my Friend!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 781 days ago

It looks beautiful, Bert! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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EMVarona

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#5 posted 781 days ago

Very nice! Excellent piece of art.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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BertFlores58

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#6 posted 781 days ago

Thanks to all. I will be inspired back again in discovering other skills and techniques. Sharing those here will always be a part.
More to come as I have done several stars done to follow its final form:

One is now on my blog.
Have a nice day!

-- Bert

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SPalm

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#7 posted 781 days ago

Sweet.
That is a tough glue-up.
And a nice story of a gift.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 781 days ago

Nice work, Bert

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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SawTooth1953

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#9 posted 781 days ago

Very nicely done… impressive.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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shipwright

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#10 posted 781 days ago

Beautiful and intricate box.
Nice one Bert.
The hinge with the cut on the side rather than the top is really more like Yorkshire Stewart's version but they are all quite similar. Nice job on yours.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 781 days ago

well done Bud! great to see you posting again

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 780 days ago

Thanks to all,
I never mentioned that the wood used here are all from recycled. The Narra—old floor parquet, the lauan sides – leftover strips from 2×3. The star (black part) probably a pine but was stained with black oil.. The wood was previous orange color but since it was used on the drydock, used oil must have stained it black, and the star (white portion) is the white lauan.
I consider this a nice Welcome back from LJs.
God Bless,

-- Bert

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 780 days ago

Man you demonstrated a lot of skills in this project! The stars are amazing and I will promise you that my first wooden hinge did not come out that well! Great job all around. Not to criticize but shellac might have given it a ‘warmer’ look.

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

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Jim Sellers

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#14 posted 780 days ago

very nice Bert. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. wooden hinges are on my bucket list. just got to figure out what to build around them.

-- J.C.Sellers

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lilredweldingrod

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#15 posted 780 days ago

Hey there Bert,
I just had to sneak in and give my 2 cents worth. You never ceace to amaze. If you slow down a bit, maybe in about 150 years I can catch up to you. lol The stars are beautiful! I’m impressed with your wooden hinge too.
You couldn’t find a better recipent for you first star box. Give our love to Agnes and the family. Rand

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