|Project by maplerock||posted 07-16-2013 02:55 AM||2479 views||2 times favorited||30 comments|
OK… so I started with reclaimed logs from an old log cabin. After running them through a friend’s super powered atomic planer, I tried my hand at box joints with a chain saw.
Seriously though, I hate hinges. Oh I like them fine once they are on and working, but getting there is torturous for me. Now old pros like BoxGuy can whip them out like Paula Deen making pancakes. My last two boxes were great… until I routed out for the hinges. Bad fit. Bad fit. So, while playing with my first attempt at box joints I decided to make a lid with a handle.
I really do like them. My wife prefers hinges (she doesn’t make boxes). I decided to use a piece of deer antler for the handle. I cut it on the scroll saw and epoxied a dowell into the antler. The woods are clear pine with a mahogany top (I think).
I think I need to be more careful to achieve that tight hinge fit. They are awkward for me. I’ll get the hang of it… but there are definitely more lids with handles in my future.
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana