Just for Fun... #77: Make Something!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 08-09-2013 01:18 AM 2122 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After fixing the hole in the kitchen ceiling, I didn’t have anything lined up to do like I like to have… So for about a week, it was thumb-twiddling time (at least shop-wise)...
Every time the stairs were descended, heading down to the shop, there were no sparks of creativity going on, no light bulbs going off flashing new ideas…
But there was this…2 X whatever staring me in the face...

On top of my pile of “Real Woods” was the leftover 2” x 8” that I had cut in half for the kitchen project… Staring me in the face, it seemed to have something to say…
It took a week before the message got through to me!
Yesterday morning, I began converting the message into reality, by taking a couple of thin slices off of either side of a short piece of it…Cut the top and bottom off...

The idea, is to make a small pencil box, something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but have just never got around to… Half of the reason it never got done, was because a decision could never be reached on how I wanted to make one…
This one is going to be made similarly to a bandsawn box, the two thin pieces just cut will become the top and the bottom… But the insides are cut out with the Scroll Saw, since the body of the box is so thin…Then cut an inside...

Being separated from the “Parent” block, the thin first cuts are almost certain to begin to warp and cup, so the bottom (at least) was glued and clamped on immediately…Glue the bottom on real quick...A pencil box...

Nothing left to do but make a quick set of hinges… This was my first time doing the “Up and Over” type and, as it happened, they were anything but quick… They fought tooth and nail to be made…
Two tries (one set too short), a broken pin (too much twisting to get the fixed ends on)...
The second set isn’t perfect either, but they are now glued on and in use… Surprisingly, they work very well…
They were made from Poplar scraps from the same ceiling fix…
Here are the fixed/anchor ends, the moving ends, and the glue-up…Hinges- anchor sides...The moving ends...Glued on...

As this is very likely to be a gift for a child, I wanted it to stay shut positively, so it could be tossed in a back pack or what-not without its contents emptying…
At first, I was thinking of a wooden clasp for the thing, but sometimes simple is best…
I got a couple sets of rare-earth magnets, drilled shallow holes, and tapped them in with a wooden block…The new Pencil Box...

And that’s about it… I’m scratching my head about a finish on it… Maybe, it will be left as is, for the child to decorate…
More likely though, I’m going to give it to a specific youngster, painted a favorite color perhaps, with the little ones’ name Scrolled out and added to the top… :)
8 August 2013

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

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:30 AM

Love the hand made hinges

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 01:37 AM

Pretty nice box for juts killing time!

Good going, Mike!!....................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 01:50 AM

well i can see there are no sleeping dogs at your place, let the saw dust roll, its a nice project…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 02:10 AM

Wow, that inspires me for a box I need to build. Thanks.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 02:24 AM

LIKE! I love the hinges, will be coming back to check them out when I have a box to put some on.

-- can you make anything from those shavings?

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 02:42 AM

Very nice job as usual. I too wait for the wood to tell me what it wants to be in its next life. Scrolled name on the lid works for me!

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

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 03:25 AM

Debianlinux: Thank You and Welcome to LJ’s!!
Jim J.: You know how it is Jim, sometimes the wood doesn’t want to be stashed away for later, it wants to become something… RIGHT NOW!! :)
Grizzman: No dogs here, sleeping or otherwise Bob… My Family had two German Shepard’s (and a mess of Cats!) when I was growing up, and I like them, but they would be too much work for us apartment dwellers in the city…
Firefighterontheside: Thank You for what you do Sir. I have a great deal of respect for Firefighters, having seem them at their work several times in my life, under very unpleasant circumstances…
Glad I could give you some inspiration my Friend!
Ever4ward: I started a shaped wooden hinges blog series a while ago (three-parts so far), and have wrote about making them more times than I can keep track of!
They’re really not very hard to make (though time-consuming) and add a nice touch to a project…
You’re new here too, Welcome and Enjoy!! :)
gfadvm: Thanks Andy! I was down in the shop a little while ago and added a little divot to the front with a half-round file…Added a divot...
It’s Kid-sized, to make it a little easier for them to open it with their small fingers…

Thank You all for your kind words…

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

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 03:59 AM

Mike what a great wee box
You make it look so easy
Those hinges are bare minimum, Very nice touch

A name scrolled into the lid would look real good


-- 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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#9 posted 08-09-2013 04:30 AM

another winner here michael

alway like how you mousey forwards
in a new and easy way

and bring us along
thank you

i am toothless
with admiration

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 05:26 AM

Jamie: I tried to make the hinges lid-stopping too… but didn’t extend them over the backside enough to take into account the thickness of the lid… Lesson learned!
I actually sawed off the extra I did add (that wasn’t enough), after they were glued to the box! If Titebond III ever needs a testimonial, I’m their man! :)
Patron: I hope you can sleep tonight, you have got to be hurtin’ for certain!!

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

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#11 posted 08-09-2013 08:18 AM

Great looking pencil box Mike. I like the way you did the hinges with the long pieces on the top.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 10:02 AM

That’s really cool Mike! A wonderful use of time and resources. Don’t you LOVE those rare Earth magnets? I have lots of little ones and I am always amazed at their holding power. Really a great project!

Have a great day! Sheila :)

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

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 10:27 AM

I just KNEW it would be a box of some kind! Great job, Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 08-09-2013 12:43 PM

Stefang: Mike, I made the flap of the hinge as long as possible for maximum gluing… Ordinarily, I use pegs to pin the hinges on, but the thin sides and top made that impractical…
I should have extended the the back’s side of the hinge a little more too, there’s an additional half inch or so I could have used…Up and over hinges...
Live and learn… Sometimes ya gotta just try things in order to see whether the ideas work!

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

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#15 posted 08-09-2013 01:09 PM

Sheila: I love the magnets, but they’re tricky playing around with… They’re so small!! Just taking them out of the package, I used an awl to puncture the packaging and of course the magnets are attracted to that…
Next time I use them, I want to get some White-Out to mark them on one side, while they’re still a paired set. That way, it will be easier to keep track of the polarity of the things…
Ellen: How on Earth did you know that?! You must be a psychic!!
Don’t you love the psychic commercials on TV? I’ll bet the first thing they say is, “Aha, I KNEW you were going to call!” :)

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

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