Just for Fun... #98: For a Change...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-18-2016 05:49 AM 1590 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little break in the House Renovation Action, so there was an opportunity to Work on something I’ve been building in my head for the last six months or so…
I’ve had a designated ‘Work Box’ for a number of years, a box for storing personal things in at Work…
My first one, I out-grew, and so I simply grabbed one that was ‘kicking around…

This one is the right size for the Job, but has drawbacks… #1) It barely fits through my Locker Door (unless it’s turned sideways), #2) It takes two hands to carry (which means that I’m left trying to juggle the thing when I punch in or out)... Also, this one wasn’t made with the idea of it being a work box, it is a little on the ‘delicate’ side…

So with those things in mind, Action was finally put to thought last week when I began simply by measuring the Locker Door opening and space inside…
When the limits were ascertained, a box was made, only more of in a “Tote” style…

A double-door swinging outward design made out of Bubinga was approved, and some material was removed to make the requisite Handle…
(The Tape is there strictly for illustration purposes)

And thus ended last weekend…

After working all week, this Morning I finally had a chance to begin the Hinge Work for the Doors…
Some Maple was selected, and Planed, then cut into strips…

A Fence and Stop were set-up on the Drill Press to drill the Pivot Holes…

After the first one was laid out, it became the template for the rest

Rinse and repeat as, one by one, the Parts were cut out

Since these Hinges will be ‘full-length’, these were cut until there was enough to cover the length of one side…

The other half of the hinges will be made from Bubinga like the Lids/handle(s) ...
Here I’m using a horrendous example of how not to re-saw, a mistake piece from the trial and error period of the new Band Saw a few years back…

Hating to waste Wood, it warms my Heart to be able to use that! It won’t be “perfectly uniform”, but my stuff never is anyway…
With the change of species came a change in Drill size as well but the other ‘rinse and repeat’ steps were the same…

I’ve begun gluing the first Hinge to the Box (which is a bit dicey) but tonight the hinges are both cut out…
My Friend, the Patron, thought they look ‘over bearing’, and there’s no denying that… But the lids for this box are also the handles, and will have to bear the load of the Box and its contents…
There is no question they will stand out… :)

18 September 2016

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

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 07:57 AM

Mike, good luck on your continuing remodel…that always takes a lot of time and work, especially if it is a one man project.

I like the design here. The hinges are strong and it looks like the process will work. Will the box stay shut as you carry it, or is the plan to let it do what it will? I am eager to see the finished product. Thanks for taking us through the process as you made it. Those hinges will certainly do the job. What if there were a rope handle that was fastened to one side and fitted through a slot on the other side? There is a lot to think about in this unique and clever design. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 11:15 AM

That looks awesome, Mike! I can’t wait to see the finished project. :)


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

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 12:35 PM

The hinges are interesting, they have my attention. Sort of a zipper effect. Hope you get more free time soon Mike so we can see what it comes to.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 02:29 PM

Thanks Al, Sheila, and Dave
Al: I’m hoping that Gravity, and my Grip through the two lids, will conspire to keep the lids closed while carrying it… Of course, I don’t know whether the design will work that way, but there’s no way to find out without building one to see…
A rope handle would certainly work, and work very well!
The glue up is half done now…

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

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 03:23 PM

Hey, Mike, glad to see you are finally getting some shop time!

I like that handle idea and as always your wooden hinges will be the focal point of this little work box.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-18-2016 03:54 PM

the latest (hinge glue-up shot)
seems slimmer somehow
not as ‘knuckley’ as i had first seen
and does work well

as always your unique designs and engineering skills
combine to make some interesting builds

since you are not a mechanic
that needs to carry your snap-on tools around
it will be interesting to see what you actually do use this for

-- 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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#7 posted 09-18-2016 07:27 PM

Thanks Lew, it’s fun to be enjoying a little shop time actually creating something new (rather than doing repair work!)

There’s no hiding ‘em David, but I think they’ll add visual interest to the box (otherwise, it would just look somewhat like a Birdhouse)
The things that go in it are not mysterious, only a few odds and ends that prove useful…

A cellphone charger, magnifying glass, a small cup of sugar for Coffee, my stash of M & M’s, a bottle of water, Ibuprofen in case of a headache… Just a few things for convenience (it’s a long walk to my Locker!)

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 07:10 AM

Looks like a great project Mike, good to see you out and about.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 08:17 PM

Thanks Bob, Good to hear from You!

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

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#10 posted 09-22-2016 01:44 AM

That’s a beauty Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 09-27-2016 04:45 PM

Ahhhhh this was how they were all made!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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