Padauk with Copper Hinge on Spalted Congo Teak Box

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Project by DanielP posted 154 days ago 1177 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 1/8×5 3/4×8 1/4

This box is an ongoing experiment in developing a hinge that is durable, attractive, and as much as possible eliminates binary situations. (hinges don’t fit right and box is ruined) I had a small sheet of .032 copper handy so I epoxied it between two layers of Padauk then cut into strips that would leave the copper strip where needed on the hinge loop. (when cutting it is important to wear eye protection because tiny pieces of copper are flying)

Since this was a one-off I drilled the holes then epoxied strips together, but it could be done more efficiently for sure. Next time I will probably use thinner brass strips and some other ideas that are taking shape. Finished with wipe-on poly mixed with mineral spirits.

Thank you for looking.

-- Dan P.

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#1 posted 154 days ago

Love the design of the box, your wood choices look great together, very cool

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 154 days ago

I really like this box. One of my favorites so far. I agree, those woods look great together.

-- Vieth Custom Furniture,

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Marty Smoley

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#3 posted 154 days ago

I love this box. Very nice. I like the two wood types. Lots of thought into that hinge. Looks great.

-- Marty,

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#4 posted 154 days ago

Thanks for your comments guys! They have great value in that it helps keep me pointed in the right direction.

-- Dan P.

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#5 posted 154 days ago

Very nice! I’ve been toying with the idea of incorporating metals into my projects, but haven’t as yet had the opportunity to do so. Perhaps a personal project? Very well done, Sir!

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 153 days ago

Very nice!
The copper is an interesting concept.
That spalted teak is just gorgeous!

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

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#7 posted 153 days ago

Great choice of woods. I think you have the hinge design perfected already. Beautiful work!

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

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#8 posted 153 days ago

Very nice piece. I love using copper in wood work, they just go together. Your hinges are some of the best Ive ever seem. I am not normally a fan of wooden hinges. Yours are very appealing.

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

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#9 posted 153 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments guys. This box making can sure get addicting!

-- Dan P.

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#10 posted 153 days ago

Nice work. The hinges work well with the teak. Great combination.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 153 days ago

Very cool, those hinges are really cool. Would love to see a blog where you go into more details about how you made them. The completely elevate the box into something very distinctive.

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#12 posted 152 days ago

Daniel, a very distinctive box. Your treatment of the hinges really makes the box. I do like how you have incorporated the copper.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 152 days ago

ruddy, when I first joined here I read your posts and pictures on how you did hinges. For sure it is an ongoing influence.

This is a great place to share ideas and I would be flattered to have other LJ’s using this copper in the hinge idea.


-- Dan P.

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