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Wooden Hinge (with box attached)

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Project by ChuckV posted 09-01-2012 02:53 PM 2532 views 16 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the wooden hinge described here by Paul (shipwright). I made a stand-alone hinge just for the fun of it. Then I wanted to build something that uses such a hinge. I decided on a good-sized box for my shop to hold wood screws and associated hardware. My previous “system” could get pretty frustrating.

The box is made of ash with cherry for the lid and miter keys. There are 12 compartments in the lower part of the box and a removable tray on top of that. I rounded the edges and corners more than I usually would for a box. Since this box will be used in my shop, I wanted to made it less prone to damage from rough handling.

The overall outside dimensions are about 11” X 18” X 7”. I finished all the parts with Danish oil.

Here are some photos that I took during the build:

Thanks Paul!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson





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shipwright

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 04:42 PM

You are very welcome Chuck.

That’s an extremely nice example of the hinge and a very useful and elegant box that you have attached to it.
I am honored and as proud as a new dad.

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

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 06:39 PM

Pretty nice home for your hardware !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Roger

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 11:12 PM

Very nice build. Hinge is super.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ruddy

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 11:15 PM

Great box. The hinge really makes the box.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 01:23 AM

Great box but OUTSTANDING hinge! Welcome to ‘wooden hinges anonymous’.

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

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ChuckV

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 01:29 AM

Thanks everyone.

gfadvm – Is there a wooden hinger secret handshake? Maybe you should send it via PM!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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rance

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#7 posted 09-02-2012 01:46 AM

That’s a very nice one Chuck.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 09-02-2012 01:59 AM

That’s one of the next hinges I need to tackle. You did a nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-02-2012 02:45 AM

ChuckV- We need to come up with one!

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

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#10 posted 09-02-2012 04:31 AM

Very well done, great piece, thanks for sharing. Now, I have to go find a very long drill bit

-- Norman

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Boxguy

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#11 posted 09-02-2012 10:24 AM

Chuck, nice work. The ash and cherry are a classic look. I like purpose-driven designs so this one has a special appeal to me. I would have rounded the corners even more to celebrate the grain and the fact that it is solid wood. What is not to like about a beautifully executed, well thought out, design with an air of Shaker-like useful simplicity? My only quibble is that with the size and potential weight I might have added some simple, wooden handles on the ends…pegged on with cherry dowels of course. This is a beautiful creation thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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ChuckV

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#12 posted 09-02-2012 11:56 AM

Al,

You are right, it is hefty. My plan is to use it for a while and see how we (the box and I) get along. Perhaps I will retrofit it with some handles. I’m closely guarding some matching cutoffs for that purpose – they are inside the box!.

Thank you for the feedback; I really appreciate it.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 02:13 PM

You really “nailed” this one, Chuck.

I’ve never been a fan of those big, clunky, external wooden hinges. They usually overwhelm the rest of the box. But this is a hinge that actually adds to the box, and you executed it beautifully. I gotta try this!

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

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Porchfish

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 02:55 PM

Very nicely done ! congrats.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Sodabowski

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 09:17 PM

I also made a few of these but not used yet (small ones).

The Wooden Hingers Guild’s Secret Handshake (WHGSH) is like a normal handshake but you have to interlock your fingers with your buddie’s ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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