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Project by Tooch posted 11-07-2013 10:35 AM 1715 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this was a first attempt at wooden hinges. I made some mistakes but also learned some things, and it all came together so I guess its a success. I probably have around 10 hours of work, frustration, problem solving, and a couple meltdowns in this one.

I actually designed the box around the lid, which I found in our waste pile at school. I really loved the grain, and thought that hole going through it and live end would look good as a matching lid/base. So I did a little resawing, and this is what I came up with to match the feel of the lid.

I had a problem with the inside of the base (because there was a freekin hole in it!), so I had to come up with a way to “patch” it. I had some pieces of cork laying around, and after trying it out, I thought it really matched the overall design.

For the hinges, I got a lot of inspiration from looking at Randy’s designs, and borrowed some things from his boxes. One thing that was a roadblock was the joinery on the ends made the lid stick out a 1/4” beyond the back of the box, so I had to do some extra cutting, checking, cutting, sanding, etc.

Finally, when I attached the hinges with the dowels, I accidentally drilled through the lid and gouged the back inside piece pretty bad. That was a pretty big meltdown…. lots of cursing ensued. Anyhow, after some creative troubleshooting I decided to accent the inside with a piece of walnut and tossed some hooks on it for keys, earrings, etc.

Box is made of Oak, hinges and accent Black Walnut. Finished with several coats of Tung Oil and 1 coat of wipe-on poly.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 11:11 AM

Great looking box and wooden hinges…You did well in the cover up of the drilling accident….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 11:46 AM

A very nice one Tooch,

Ok (inter locks fingers and cracks knuckles) :) First let me say I’m honored to be the one who inspired you, it was Andy (gfadvm) who was my inspiration and got me stated in making them among many other members on here, I also did my research via the web and youtube, OK that being said…. the hole in the bottom of the box, depending on how large it is wood glue and sawdust can be a great filler and blend-in. By taping up the bottom of the hole then adding wood glue into the hole then taking sand paper you can create sawdust from the same wood and allow it to fall in covering up the hole and blending in, 2 other options would be epoxy if large hole and or lining the bottom of the box with felt.

Hinges You did a very nice job on them, when drilling out the pins for the dowels to secure the hinges to the box, I set the drill press so it only goes in so deep by first doing a trial check and adjusting the stop, it doesn’t need to go in very far.

Setting the hinges up on the box, I first set the gap at the rear of the box by adding a single layer of paper towel across the box sides toward the very back edge, then get the lid square and tape down to the box, I then glue only the lid halves to the lid of the box once dried I then clamp the lower half of the hinges without glue to the box , removing all of the tape I then do a trial open to see how it’s going to function, tape the lid back down and glue the box portion of the hinge to the box allowing it to dry then I drill for the pins.

Making the hinges, I noticed you rounded the ends on both hinge halves, in your case you would have only rounded the lid portion of the hinge and did a half round on the box part of the hinges as you don’t want the lid to fold all they way back, you only want it to fold just back past a 45 degree angle, this will take some trial and error to get them just right, ya just have to play with it a bit.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 12:36 PM

Nice looking. Very well done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 04:48 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys-

Dave thanks, next time I will use a drill press instead of hand drill… STUPID mistake!

Randy thanks for all of your tutelage. I didn’t mean to take anything away from Andy or Shipwright, I know I’ve looked at theirs alot too, but yours matched the style I wanted for this. I think I get what your saying, I’ll try it on the next one

Monte thanks for looking/commenting!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 04:57 PM

Shows a creative instinct guided by logic! Construct, analyze, construct. nice.


-- Dan

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 07:54 PM

Nice box! I like that you over extended the finger joints and the 1/2 hole in the top and bottom are a great touch!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 01:17 AM

Tooch, You are hooked now! Have fun and create something none of us have done yet!

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 03:43 AM

cool box. I like the overall dewsign and your use of the knots.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 11-09-2013 03:29 AM

Nice box. I especially like the wood and design.

-- Take care.....Ed

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