Wood Hinge Box

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Project by Dan P posted 12-22-2014 02:07 AM 1761 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3” x 5” x 7 1/2” approx

Made from Jatoba and Birdseye maple. The hinge fit flush and square. Working on getting the hinge fingers perfectly matched. Came much closer on this one, working on different ideas and jigs for smaller hinges like these.

These were made by cutting 1/8” square slot for square brass tube and gluing. (see my earlier post on durable hinges)

Thanks for looking

-- Daniel P

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 02:37 AM

Hey Dan, YABB ( yet another beautiful box ). I really admire the workmanship you put into your boxes, I’m still trying to figure out how to do wooden hinges.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-22-2014 03:28 AM

Thanks Jerry! It’s tough getting a straight hole with smaller diameter hinges. One reason why I do the gluing two pieces method. Also my Incra I-box makes it easy to get square joints. I run the uncut box across the saw blade multiple times to get the slots.

I would be more than happy to show you how I do it, I’m still learning day by day so not sure if I have much knowledge to impart.


-- Daniel P

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 11:58 AM

Dan, very nice work. I especially like your hinges and your choice of woods. It all blends nicely.

Some ideas to consider: drill your holes 1/2 way through from both sides. They come out centered on each side. Cut a slot and fill it in instead of drilling. To my eye, a small box of this size would look better with sides that are around 1/2 an inch thick.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 01:03 PM

Thanks Al, I agree the sides are too thick for the small box. They are exactly 1/2” thick, but should have been closer to 3/8”. Also, I got the top section too large in proportion to the bottom, I think.

Thanks for your comment and suggestions, appreciate it.

-- Daniel P

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#5 posted 12-22-2014 02:18 PM

Nice looking box with great choice of lumber. Cool hinges.

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

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#6 posted 12-22-2014 04:40 PM

Hi Dan,
Your hinges look spot on, nice job here. There are lots of ways to make them … I use a box joint jig to cut them..

I agree with Al on the wood thickness, 1/2 inch stock lightens the look and feel … but wait there is more … I re-saw 3/4” material and get 1/2” carcass material and matching 1/8 ” matching material for the dividers …

But the bottom line is that you have created a beautiful box and learned some lessons doing it … Win, win.

Oh, while we have you in the whipping arena, it is normal to state the dimensions Length x Width x Height so your beauty is 7-1/2” X 5” X 3”.

I envy you your location, about the only wood not grown locally are the exotics.
I’m looking forward to your next post.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Dan P

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#7 posted 12-22-2014 08:17 PM

Hi Mike, The sides are 1/2”. The picture distorted the thickness. I still think they would have looked better a bit thinner though. My focus on this box was getting the hinge fingers looking good from the inside of the box. My inspiration being Peter Lloyd. If you go to his web sight and look at the accuracy of his hinges and how they fit together on the inside of the box you will see what I’m shooting for. A mighty goal I know.

Also I do the same thing you do, starting with a 3/4 or 1” slab, resawing and using both pieces. The bottom of this box (3/16” finish size) is made from the thinner piece of the resaw.

Next time I will write the dimensions in proper order.

Birdseye maple is running around 20 bucks a bd ft out here, and that’s for not so great stuff.

Thanks for your comments and have a great holiday!

-- Daniel P

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 09:43 PM

I am a fan of wooden hinges and these look beautiful.
Well done Daniel.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#9 posted 12-22-2014 10:52 PM

Thanks Ruddy!

-- Daniel P

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#10 posted 12-23-2014 02:30 AM

I am a huge fan of wooden hinges and have made many different styles. Your slot cutting technique for the hinge pin is one I haven’t tried.

If I understand your technique, you make two mirror images pieces, slot them , and then glue them together with the hinge pin in place? I believe Britboxmaker did a similar technique using a router bit to make the ‘slots’.

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2014 05:06 AM

Andy, I slot the two pieces with a 1/8” blade, both slots being 1/16” deep (plus a tiny bit for wood compression),
then put a 1/8” square brass tube in the slot when the two pieces are glued together. The square tube keeps the pieces from sliding apart lengthwise during the glue process, so it makes it pretty easy. Then I cut the finger slots with the tube glued in place. Also, of course, I would get the cut depths zeroed in with sample pieces.

A 3/32” brass round then fits snugly inside the square tube for a pivot point.

Thanks for your comment.

-- Daniel P

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#12 posted 12-23-2014 02:46 PM

That square tubing is a great idea to keep the pieces from sliding when gluing!

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2014 10:05 PM

You got some serious skills. Nice details and work on the hinges.

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#14 posted 01-08-2015 07:03 PM

Love the box. I’ll have to go back and look at some other posts of yours about the hinges :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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