A project in Maple #8: Hinges, rails, and dovetails

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-08-2017 08:12 AM 1865 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hinges I had bought for this project…looked a bit wimpy….needed something a bit …different. Some yard sale finds gave me a few hinges to try. One “leaf” was a bit too long, though. Grinder to remove the “excess” metal..

One is a before, the other three are after the grinder work. Sat the lid in the vise, laid out the locations for the hinges, drilled a few pilot holes….

Once all three were done, I set the lid aside, cleared a spot on the bench for the case to set on. Clamped the lid into place, and more pilot holes. Finally was able to set the case on the floor, to see how the hinges would work

Seems to be about right. I then cut two rails to length, and marked where three holes would go…

Then pilot holes were drilled, and then countersunk a bit..

Using these two “cordless” drills. Ok, cleared the work area, and set up the best tool in the shop..

Where I can sit and work for a while…..easier than standing all the time…

I marked out about 5 pins on the end of a board, and used my “dovetail saw” to cut them out. Then set up a chopping block..

To protect the bench’s top from chisel marks. Once the waste was chopped out, I used these pins to lay out the tails…seems to be easier that way, for me. bandsaw to remove the waste….cutting inside the lines. Then a dry fit

Hmmm, then on to the next corner. and then the last corner…..dry fit all four sides, and placed the panel for the bottom on top..

I was just about ready to flip this over, mark how much to rebate the edges of the bottom…Boss says she needs to go to the store…..grrrrrr, time to close things up..

Maybe Sunday, I can get something done? Stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 09:21 AM

Looking nice.

Where I can sit and work for a while…..easier than standing all the time…

When I had a concrete floor I found an anti fatigue mat saved my feet. I don’t remember where I got mine, but I see HFT has them for $9.99. The recent reviews are very positive reviews, but maybe you can check them out in the store. Only an hour drive. :-)

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 03:48 AM

Bandit, I really like you adjustment to the hinges. Looks great!

-- God bless, Candy

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