Tea Chest - Take 2

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Project by mdb5972 posted 06-07-2014 01:54 PM 1654 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that my oldest’s chest was done, I figured I’d get around to making myself one to try out a few things.

1. Wooden Hinge
2. 10 degree half-dovetail joints
3. Banding the box.

Again a few errors here and there…. not quite square…. But learning the hard way.. haha
And glued on the wrong piece to look at a 3-way mitre on the edging….

Still turned out ok for what I was tryin’ out. All from scraps.

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 06:13 AM

Very Nice Work. Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 07:58 AM

Nice job on the hinge. I like the look of the banding. Beautiful wood choices.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 03:24 AM

Great use of scraps. There’s a lot of woodworking packed into that little box! Great job!

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 02:03 AM

any details on how you made those wooden hinges? would be very interested in learning how to do that, they look great.

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 02:43 AM

Sorry about the delay in response.

@Rick and JustLike James

Thank you


I really like red cedar look when is starts to darken. Still left over cut-off’s from 4×4 post and I believe birch from left over stripes for lattice for my brother-in-law. Haha The Divider again, kept cutting the wrong side to slide them together haha.

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#6 posted 07-30-2014 03:52 AM


When I started exploring the site and looking at what others had done like BoxGuy. I came across Shipwritght’s and YorkshireStewart’s blog description of their wooden hinges. As I was making some boxes I didn’t want to use normal hinges, wanted to do something a l’il different. I like using 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 dimensions for most of my projects…. I was giving a full tube of 3’ Aluminum 3/32 welding rods (somewhere in 100 pieces) and 16” 3/32” steel. I have had the for years. Thus this hinge style to my preference and I have way to many supplies lying around.

To band the box, I missed up and got ahead of myself as I wanted to do 3-way miter banding. Glue a few wrong pieces on too soon and design changed.

Banding Steps where..

—Board width is 3/8”. Final Banding is 1/4”. Blade kerf 1/8”
—Lower hinge side is 3/8” taller than the rest of the lower portion to allow for the upward hinge fingers.

1. Cut the hinge sides to rough dimension, top/bottom

2. lower: splined on 1/4” x just > 3/8” banding of the birch to the lower cedar piece, splined another ~3/16 – 1/4” strip cedar on top. (This gives me the extra 3/8” for the fingers.)

3. Sanded smooth, cut the small cedar strip to 1/8” for the overlap into the cedar on the top. Cut the longer cedar side to final measurement (lower measurement + 3/8” for the fingers”

3. top: glued ~3/16 – 1/4” stripe of birch cut down to 1/8” to make the 1/4” split banding. Cut to final measurement of the upper box.

Making the hinge..

1. Since the board is 3/8” w and the kerf is 1/8”. Center cut the hinge boards where the fingers will be. Making sure the same face is out for the cut. Cut is 1/4” deep to allow for the brass, aluminum…etc. rod plus 1/8×1/8” filler/cap for the hinge finger.

  • Easy, blade height guide, 3” w stripes of 1/8” hard board from 5 1/2” to 9 1/2” every 1/2” in length. Glued one on top of the other gives you a quick 1/8 – 1” depth guide. For your saw, router, etc… Otherwise I was using two drill bits either side of the blade, with a hardwood board across the top to set my height.

2. round over the hinge fingers on both sides, on the lower, upper board.

3. Dado out the fingers @ 3/8” I have found so far I have been able to use a 5 finger pattern: Up, lower, up, lower, up. With upper always having the first finger and last finger.

4. Once the box is ready, stained, varnished… I have been wiping down the rod with a thin coat of wax or vasaline; keep from gluing the rod. Inserting into the the top of the box, and gluing in the fillers. Lightly sand if needed, and touch up the fillers to fit. Than after that is dry, gluing into the bottom. Lightly sand if need, and touch up the fillers to fit.

  • Haven’t tried much other than 3/8” dimensions, but a sketch I saw had 3/4” tall fingers for 3/4” thick board. So the thickness of the board will probably control the finger size.

Here are the links to the more descriptive blogs on the wooden hinges
Shipwright's – which I been using

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 04:59 PM

Wow, that is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with me.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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