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Project by knockknock posted 07-14-2013 02:34 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a learning project. It has my first hand tooled dovetails, box hinge and breadboard ends. The finish is oil and wax.

Details about the hinge:

I got the idea for the hinge from several posts on doing wooden hinges this past year, and thanks to shipwright's blog post.

To make the groove on the lid and box back for the hinge, I used my plow plane. I also learned not to glue in the spline on the box back part of the hinge until the end. The depth of that groove controls how the back of the box lid sits. After all planning and sanding of the box was done, I had to make that groove a little deeper.

The fingers for the hinge on the lid and box back were marked out, sawn, chopped and pared.

I also used my plow plane to cut the strip of stock for the splines, to be inserted into the hinge. Someone on lumberjocks (I don’t remember who, but thanks) posted how to cut a square dowel with a plow plane, I used the same technique. You make a deep groove on the edge of a board, the side of the groove will be the strip of spline stock. Then you make another groove on the side of the board to cut the strip off.

I used my block plane to round over the hinge parts on the lid and back. I only fully rounded over half way for the hinge, because I wanted the lid to stop in the upright position (and not go further back). I partially rounded off the other side for appearances.

The dots along the hinge are toothpick dowels. I was worried that the brittle pine might split when making the hinge. So I inserted toothpick dowels before I started, to re-enforce where the sides of the hinge would be.

For the hinge pin, I used a wooden/bamboo? shish kabob skewer.





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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 03:16 PM

That’s pretty nice. I’d love to see more about that hinge.

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pinebox

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 03:16 PM

Looks great. It looks like you chose your wood carefully for each part. Your hinge is interesting. You seem to have found a neat way to avoid some difficult hole drilling.

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knockknock

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 04:11 PM

I got the idea for the hinge from several posts on doing wooden hinges this past year, and thanks to shipwright's blog post.

To make the groove on the lid and box back for the hinge, I used my plow plane. I also learned not to glue in the spline on the box back part of the hinge until the end. The depth of that groove controls how the back of the box lid sits. After all planning and sanding of the box was done, I had to make that groove a little deeper.

I also used my plow plane to cut the strip of stock for the splines, to be inserted into the hinge. Someone on lumberjocks (I don’t remember who, but thanks) posted how to cut a square dowel with a plow plane, I used the same technique. You make a deep groove on the edge of a board, the side of the groove will be the strip of spline stock. Then you make another groove on the side of the board to cut the strip off.

I used my block plane to round over the hinge parts on the lid and back (doing a lot of test fits). I only fully rounded over half way for the hinge, because I wanted the lid to stop in the upright position (and not go further back). I partially rounded off the other side for appearances.

The dots along the hinge are toothpick dowels. I was worried that the brittle pine might split while I was making the hinge. So I inserted toothpick dowels before I started, to re-enforce where the sides of the hinge would be.

For the hinge pin, I used a wooden/bamboo? shish kabob skewer.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 05:52 PM

Looks nice and I bet that you learned a lots.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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maplerock

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 06:07 PM

I like it a lot! The wooden hinge is a fun alternative to regular brass hinges. A board yesterday… a great piece of useful furniture today!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 12:36 AM

Very nice job! You have a lot of time invested in this one with the all hand tool thing!

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

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 07-15-2013 01:09 AM

Very nice box…well done

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 07-17-2013 03:02 PM

It looks good, great dovetails and only using hand tools. Love the wooden hinge. Great work!

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