A new lift

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Project by bigogre posted 268 days ago 1587 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to build this box for quite a while now, but I wanted a pin hinge without putting a lift knob on the lid, and without putting a cutout on the sides of the box. My solution was a push style lift. To open the box, just push down on the front of the lid and it opens just enough to use the finger recess, shown in picture three.

The box is made with cherry burl on the lid, and rosewood on the sides. This measures roughly 8×10x4, with a poly finished buffed out with carnuba wax.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 268 days ago

Very nice box. Love the opening system!......Jim

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#2 posted 268 days ago

Very cool lid design…and thinking “outside of the box”. :)


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#3 posted 268 days ago

Very creative lid lift & I may have to borrow your idea of the different depth corner plines. As usual, you have access to some beautiful wood & always do it justice.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 268 days ago

Great job

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#5 posted 268 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#6 posted 268 days ago

I have been toying around with the idea of doing something similar for a while now. Your piece is a nice dose of inspiration. :) Wonderful work.

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#7 posted 268 days ago

beautiful box and great idea for the lid!

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#8 posted 268 days ago

Another cool box. That is a special chunk of cherry!

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#9 posted 268 days ago

Very nicely done – beautiful wood and excellent craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 268 days ago

An outstanding looking box! Love the looks of everything but the top tops it all!

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#11 posted 268 days ago

Here is a link to the lift I used. I didn’t use to metal strike plate since it wasn’t designed for this application.

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#12 posted 268 days ago

Great box! That cherry and rosewood go together perfectly!

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#13 posted 268 days ago

Wow, one of the best boxes I’ve seen.

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#14 posted 268 days ago

Nice job. I have been thinking of something similar with maple and cherry. Question – I get how you route our the corners but how do you make the really thin spline pieces that you insert the slots?

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#15 posted 267 days ago

very nice, I like the pin hinge more and more, I’ll have to try it.

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