First Attempt at Wood Hinges

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-15-2012 03:15 PM 2480 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July, 2012—I was inspired by other Lumberjocks members and their boxes with wooded hinges. These are pretty simple to make. The dowel is 3/16-inch. The hinge provides enough friction to keep the lid open at any angle up to about 180-degrees.

The body of this box is made from an unusual piece of poplar, spotted in the poplar stack at Home Depot. The hinges and legs are soft maple, left over from another project. The top is a glue-up of assorted scraps of wood, and planed flat. The bottom of the box is 1/4-inch plywood sitting in a slot in all four sides.

The corners of the box are mitered. Then the corners are trimmed flat in order to allow a surface to attach the legs to. This technique has two advantages: It makes the corners stronger and it hides any “slop” in the miter joints. The style of the legs is my own design.

The box has multiple coats of clear satin polyurethane, brushed on. I hope to make more intricate wooden hinges in the future.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 03:32 PM

Nicely done
wood hinges are a real challenge but fun to execute.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 04:00 PM

Very nice design, Gives me some ideas.

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 04:47 PM

Beautiful box design. Like the way you did the corners and LOVE the hinges. They will be copied by many!

Great job!

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 05:26 PM

they suit the piece very nicely, im not sure how good they would look on something more sculpted but they really do compliment this box very nicely, great job :)

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 05:48 PM

i’d say you got a winner all around

very well done


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#6 posted 07-15-2012 05:55 PM

A very unusual piece of poplar with nice grain following. Hope you continue to have fun with the hinges.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 06:06 PM

Love the wood colors, as well as the way you joined the legs to the box, nice job!

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#8 posted 07-15-2012 07:06 PM

Wow that sure if different. I just love the way our minds come up with these different ideas. Keep on sharing with us…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 07:38 PM

Yes- that is a super box- even if it isn’t a band saw box. I have a book on making wooden hinges and some day I’m going too make some.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 10:00 PM

I like very much the hinges. It look like the one on a manhole commonly installed on watertight doors too.
Excellent. Welcome to the boxmakers.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 11:35 PM

I like everything about this box Art, very nice I’d like to take a crack at those wooden hinges too a nice job you did.

Art mind if I ask what are the measurements of this box are?

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 01:30 AM

Art, You have done it now! Life will never be the same in your shop as you are now officially inducted into the brotherhood of wooden hinges. That is a great box design and some really cool poplar and you already know I love the hinges! Our big box stores don’t have any interesting woods; just pine, grossly overpriced red oak, and cedar.

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

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 01:30 AM

I like the whole thing. Them legs are very kool. The grain, way kool, and the hinges also….

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

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#14 posted 07-16-2012 09:16 AM

Very nice project,very inspireing!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-16-2012 12:28 PM

Nicely done. I like the inverted wedge look. How do you think the hinges will stand up to expansion/contraction?


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