|Project by knockknock||posted 07-14-2013 02:34 PM||1092 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
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.