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Project by ruddy posted 02-28-2015 03:53 AM 3869 views 23 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long been a fan of much of the Art Deco period and have made a few boxes that hopefully reflect that style.
I have had an idea for a different wooden hinge and decided to incorporate this hinge into the Art Deco box shown here. The hinge is very simple and is so accurate it takes the hassle out of fitting hinges. The hinge is basically made with two different passes of router bits on a router table. The first pass cuts the groove to match the dowel and the second cut removes the excess to allow the hinge to open.
The rear view of the box looking at the hinge has a nice clean line and in this instance I chose to replicate the look on the front of the box to provide the finger lift. The hinge stops at approx. 95 degrees and I have disguised the hinge holes in the side of the box.
There is more detail on this style of hinge shown here.

This box is made from some light coloured Australian Cedar and measures 240mm x 150mm x 80 mm high. The inside base of the box is lined with a red pigskin suede.
Sometimes it is good to get away from making rectangular boxes!
The last picture is the inspiration for the box. I saw this Italian Art Deco box circa 1920 on an auction site. It puts my effort to shame as the original is just so elegant.

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 09:22 AM

Nice one! The inlay lines really stand out and give it your Art Deco look. How did you work them around the curves?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 12:15 PM

thanks for the link to the description of your hinge..very nice!..

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 12:59 PM

Very nice! I think you achieved the Art Deco look admirably! Thanks for sharing.

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 01:52 PM

I need to attempt this. I see myself generating a bunch of scrap wood in the learning process. Art Deco is a favorite design of ours. Elegant and never tiring to look at.

Your design and construction is excellent. Thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 03:20 PM

Ruddy, Your designs, craftsmanship, and finish are beyond compare! When you do a unique hinge, everything fits perfectly! Doesn’t usually go that way for me. Wish you lived a bit closer so I could get a “hands on” lesson. Carry on….....

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 03:36 PM

Another great box, thanks again for sharing.

-- Daniel P

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 07:24 PM

” It puts my effort to shame as the original is just so elegant.”

Whoa. Dont sell yourself short. Yours is every bit as nice as that one! Beautiful !

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#8 posted 02-28-2015 09:29 PM

Great job! You should be proud to show it next to the original. The Italian version is nice but I prefer yours – the deeper style makes it more versatile and I think the round medallions add a nice touch of elegance. I am reminded of a simple wooden box made by the great Faberge with a jeweled crest on the cover.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 02-28-2015 10:57 PM

I admire the Art Deco design style very much too… I’ve seen lots of well done wood boxes, but this is the first art deco styled one… nice! It caught my immediate attention.

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 01:30 AM

Beautiful piece. The word box doesn’t seem appropriate though. Looked at your previous projects and the design variety and craftsmanship are outstanding. Keep up the fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 01:49 AM

Thanks for all the comments.
Jim Rowe….I cut the grooves for the inlay lines when the shape of the lid and base was still square. I used the table saw to cut the grooves about 10 mm deep. Here is a photo of a trial piece showing the grooves that have been cut on one horizontal face and the two vertical faces. I cut thin strips the same width as the saw kerf and glued them into the slots. I had a slight misalignment where the vertical meets the horizontal so I decided to put the brass/acrylic decorative plugs at the intersection to visually hide the misalignment. It also gets rid of the change of colour you get where it goes from long grain to end grain.

Andy…...I have seen lots of your work and I have no doubt you can do it.

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

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#12 posted 03-01-2015 02:36 AM

Ruddy the box looks great and thanks for sharing the how to on how you made the inlay lines and plugs.

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#13 posted 03-01-2015 03:05 AM

Very unique and nice box!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 03-01-2015 03:35 AM

Great box, unusual design, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 03-01-2015 12:42 PM

Oh yes! I can hear that roaring 20’s music playing in my head. These are way cool.

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

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