Facets, the Next Logical Step #8: Hinge Assembly and a Little Detail.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 01-21-2011 03:58 AM 1816 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Gluing Up the Dodecahedron Part 8 of Facets, the Next Logical Step series Part 9: Gold Leaf Accents »

It’s been a while but the project is moving along. I don’t want to spill the near finished photos just yet because the project post should be along soon but here’s an update on some recent fun in the shop.

Last entry I had just glued up the halves of the dodecahedron but was having a tad of a challenge getting all the faces to line up before gluing the hinge in place. Well, to make a very long story very short, I finally accomplished that and got to the next scary bit…. actually gluing the hinge. Here’s the box assembled with double sided tape to keep it lined up and with thickened epoxy liberally applied to the mating surface of the hinge. I chose epoxy because clamping pressure was out of the question.

Here it is pushed into place with a bit of tape to hold it as the epoxy cures.

Both of my previous boxes had on-theme handles that were sort of afterthoughts when the time came that a handle was required so it seemed appropriate to do the same here. I thought a butterfly might make a
nice handle. I found this one in free clipart. In this shot I’m cutting out two wings at once.

After cutting out the wings I stacked them and sanded a bevel on the body-sides so that they would glue together in a vee. Here the initial dye (yellow R) has been applied.

Then, using a finer brush and very little dye I added the black.

I turned the body on the lathe. It was interesting with full size tools but it came out just fine.

Voila! the finished handle, ready to install. (after a few more coats of finish c/w sanding)

Thanks for dropping in. Shouldn’t be too long now. I may do one more entry when I do the gold leaf on the base, we’ll see.

Comments, critiques, jokes, funny stories or whatever…. all welcome

‘Til next time


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 04:03 AM

As we stand by with baited breathe….......
The butterfly will be a fabulous touch.
Nice, nice, nice…...

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 05:10 AM

I think golf leaf would look really nice…amazing stuff!!! And to think—-it wasnt that long ago you were wondering about your blogging ability…you do such a nice job explaining it all…YOU ARE A NATURAL TEACHER…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 05:27 AM

Shipwright, You are a natural teacher. Having produced teaching videos for fire & police for ten years I’m here to tell you you’re doing it right. Great work.

The butterfly is beautiful. It also gives me a few ideas.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 01:16 PM

Paul, This is a very nice post, The butterfly is a really nice touch and just exquisitely demonstrated and executed. The proportions of the turned body are just great. I hope you at least get an award for this or if you sell it, get a boatload for it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 02:52 PM

I had to go back and read Cabintree.
I am amazed at the creative process: the thought and planning that went into making this, and the details in making it work.
I, for one, would not have thought to leave the butterfly body attached to the original piece and that became the handle to putting together the butterfly. That surely made a delicate job easier.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 03:01 PM

Hey Paul,
This is so much fun to watch. It looks like you are having a ball. I so want to retire.

The butterfly is great. You have a real talent. Even if it is just winging it as you go.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 04:35 PM

Wow Paul. I love so much following your blogs. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

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#8 posted 01-22-2011 09:04 AM

Thanks everyone.

Lee, when you are building custom boats you have to design and plan plan everything in advance and build it over and over in your head to work out the bugs before you actually get to doing it so I guess iI just come by that process by rote. Steve, You’re right I’m having a blast. ..... Retire soon, you’ll never regret it.

Thanks again

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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