TWO-COLOR CONCEPT #4: Wooden Hinges for Diamond Grill Box Part 2

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 11-13-2012 08:36 AM 3592 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are lot of hinges that we can use for boxes. Hardwares such as metals, brass, and others are hard to find in the local hardware here in my place. Pin hinges are easy to do but not very convenient to use when the wood are not so strong to hold the pin. Often times, drilled holes are not allign.

Wooden Hinges. The first hinge that I made was fitted on this box. The second was a differently fitted in a cylinder. The third will be this ….

From 1/4 thick of yakal (strong wood found in the philippines as railroad ties) with groove of 1/8 to fit in the rod. The hinges are spaced 1/2 inch cut. I use back saw to cut the lines and routed the waisted slots using 1/4 straight bit.

This is important to allign the two hinges… incidentally, I was not so excited to cut the pins otherwise I don’t have longer rods.

The masking tape helping out for the gluing.

the real clamps working.

Then sanding it and here it is…

I learned a lot on the wooden hinges…
The wood must not be necessary hard but must be firm and will not crack. Some softwood are much better to use as easier to route and will absorb a lot of glue to strenghten it. The one I use in this is hard but I did not realized that it is also very brittle and splits easily.

I will post another part as soon as the latch and handle is installed.

Hope you enjoy reading.
Have a nice day!

-- Bert

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 09:01 AM

Nice Bert


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 09:04 AM

You’re doing Great Things in your shop Bert!!
The Hinges are a fine accent to this beautiful box you’ve made…
Very Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 10:12 AM

This is coming on well, Bert. You look like you are having fun with wooden hinges.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 11:56 AM

They look great, Bert. They really fit the ‘mood’ of the box. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 02:57 PM

Good job Bert.
Hinges are always a bit of a bugger.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-13-2012 02:59 PM

Very nice hinges indeed. Aren’t they just a lot of fun?

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

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#7 posted 11-13-2012 03:49 PM

Looking very nice Bert.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 11-13-2012 06:01 PM

Nice photo shoot of your progress. Tells a good story of where you are going. Thanks for posting as it presents a creative/inovative solution.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-14-2012 12:37 AM

Thanks to all of you. My inspiration of doing this extra time is for the LJs who really are enjoying woodworking. I knew that there are more who are much active than us who are just reading and taking notes out of us… but never seen any comment. Shall we call them real woodworkers behind the scene.

Martyn, Yes, hinges, latches, handles, knobs, and ornaments are just in line to my likeness. The effort is heartfelt achievement of success just like the joints (miter and dovetail). Time consuming and a lot of patience in it.

Paul M (shipwright), Thanks… I knew how large you have shared your techniques in making the hinge by using a groove eliminating the use of drilling which is not possible with deep drilling.

Thomas (DocSavage45), Thanks. In return, making lot of blogs enhance my english grammar and the way I am able to communicate with my readers. TIP: THINK OF THE READERS OF HOW YOU WILL BE UNDERSTOOD.

Have a nice day always!

-- Bert

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