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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-21-2013 02:01 AM 1284 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother in law has a birthday coming up so I thought of making him a box. I used rabbets for assembly and put the box together then cut the top with my table saw. Came out very strong. This was a first for me. Mortised in hinges. I think I’m getting the hang of this. You might ask, Jeff, with all the joinery you have learned in the last year, why the screws? Well, purely for appearance. I wanted a slight “industrial” look for this as he was a mechanic for many years til he retired. Added a wrench (wood) and engraved his name. Made from poplar and sealed with low gloss poly. Wrench stained with red oak.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 04:28 AM

I think you are definitely getting the hang of it. You accomplished the look you were after, nice job Jeff.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 06:07 AM

What a great idea. Really good job. I bet he will really appreciate your gift

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 10:55 AM

rustic yet reeks of quality and care, very nice.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 12:37 PM

Great work, looks terrific

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 04:25 PM

Cheers to you for using poplar in your FINE box build. Poplar is an under valued choice of material. Congratulations on your mortised hinge application. Hinges are a bugger. I have mortised countless hinges and rarely get them right the first time. That said, I am applying finish to a box completed yesterday (post to come soon) that the hinges went on correctly the FIRST TIME. I cant stand it when the lid is off, even a little. I dont know how many times I have doweled the hinge mounting hole and ‘re-did’ the hinge placement.
Your BIL will love his box. Building boxes for a particular person is so rewarding.
Nice work Jeff.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 06:19 PM

Nice job on this box Jeff. I particularly like the raised ends on the tray. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 06:24 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments, I really appreciate them. It was fun to make a box and try new ways to use joinery on it. Jumbojack, I agree a box makes a great gift idea. Poplar IS an under appreciated wood. Soft yea, but inexpensive, easy to work with (especially when trying new things) and you can find some really nice grain in it. I too found that mortising the hinges is the easy part, placement can be a trick. Again, thanks all for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 07:42 PM

you are right the mortising is a snap. I have a dedicated router set up, as I use the same basic hinge in my boxes. It is nice to not have to set it up every time.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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