A new lift

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Project by Bill posted 11-25-2013 03:24 PM 1864 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 11-25-2013 03:48 PM

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 04:23 PM

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


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#3 posted 11-25-2013 05:26 PM

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 11-25-2013 08:13 PM

Great job

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 10:59 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#6 posted 11-26-2013 12:30 AM

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.

-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 12:31 AM

beautiful box and great idea for the lid!

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 01:19 AM

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

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

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 01:30 AM

Very nicely done – beautiful wood and excellent craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 11-26-2013 01:40 AM

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

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 01:50 AM

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.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 01:55 AM

Great box! That cherry and rosewood go together perfectly!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 05:35 AM

Wow, one of the best boxes I’ve seen.

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#14 posted 11-26-2013 02:57 PM

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?

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#15 posted 11-26-2013 03:09 PM

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

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