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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 656 days ago

I can fairly closely visualize your concept as I’m building a briefcase with box joints and brass pinned wood joints, ala Shipwright. The way I see it, the fit of the inside dadoed lid over a dadoed bottom would be limited to just the front and two sides. It gets too complicated for my pea brain to build the box with box joints or dovetails AND dadoed lid and case so that it could be cut apart and yet incorporate wooden hinges.
So, my plan is to build the case, cut it apart, cut 1.25” deep reliefs in the hinge side of both the top and bottom of the separated case and insert contrasting pieces that have been made into hinges like Shipwright’s. ( you can see that’s what he did on the MDF case in his blog that I referenced) All the while bearing in mind that the contrasting inserts need to be wide enough to allow for the pin hinge. I’m assuming 1/4” should be sufficient for the 1/8th pin.
I plan to cut and round over the hinge BEFORE gluing them in to the relief.
Finally, to register the lid and case, I’ll just add a thin strip inside the case. This case will be foam filled for a pistol, so my cheat won’t show. Besides, I’m in a bit over my head already!
I wish I could have been more help, Milo. If you come up with a plan, please share with me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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