Why Can't I Think Outside the Box?

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Project by maplerock posted 07-16-2013 02:55 AM 2793 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 03:17 AM

Nice box, humorous write up, but you get an A+ for your creative, novel photography!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 03:28 AM

Maybe a smaller box would be easier to build:-) I am super impressed with the size of boards you are using;-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 03:34 AM

Good stuff

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 03:53 AM

Got a good laugh reading you post and then I saw the picture of you lifting that huge lid on that great looking huge box.
I think if found

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 03:57 AM

Nice looking boxes, those hinge manufacturers are making too much money anyway. Thank you for sharing
the pictures. If I knew how to handle hinges, I would gladly swap hinge lessons for photography lessons.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 07-16-2013 05:10 AM

Thanks guys! Just trying to have a little fun. I will post information on my photographic setup soon. The secret to good product photos is controlled lighting and a clear background.

I’ve only been on LumberJocks a few weeks and I am impressed every day with the generous and friendly nature of everyone. It is a pleasure to check in fifty or sixty times a day. :-)

Gus, if I can ever help, just message me!

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

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#7 posted 07-16-2013 06:05 AM

Nice box, cute story, great photography. Made me chuckle.

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

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#8 posted 07-16-2013 09:38 AM

Greart project and photo , love the humor in that…. Well done!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 12:11 PM

Jerry, what great fun! I laughed out loud when I saw this posting. How very clever! I have got to find out how you did this imaging. When you can install hinges like you can take photos life will be sweet indeed.

I just went back to look again at the pictures of you inside the box and laughed again. Great job on the box and super job on the photo. I think this is the first Lumber Jocks photo that has ever made me laugh out loud. Keep boxing and by all means keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 01:19 PM

You brought a smile to my morning. Great job all around – box, photos, and text.

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#11 posted 07-16-2013 02:08 PM

That’s awesome, had me going for a bit.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#12 posted 07-16-2013 02:16 PM

It’s a nice box. Could I ask you haw many hundreds of board feet it took to make it? ;-|

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 07-16-2013 03:53 PM

50 to 60 times is that all? Great laugh. I agree on the hinges, I guess I hate them, because I am so lousy at fitting them.

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#14 posted 07-16-2013 05:02 PM

Hey, even though your wife prefers hinges at least your not in “the dog house”. ha ha I did a project back in April and I cut box joints for the first time as well. It’s a good feeling to accomplish more complex woodworking tasks. Good job and thanks for sharing!

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#15 posted 07-16-2013 06:29 PM

Thanks mtnjak… and I went to your site. HOLY SMOKE! You are quite accomplished. Taking on a project like that tree is inspiring. My wife has been after me to build an outhouse at our farm for years… yours was neat. I might finally get after it. Heck, being a guy, I never missed having a bathroom at the farm. :-)

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

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