Pine Box

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Project by Wood Studios posted 05-22-2015 02:13 AM 1746 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is nothing special about this box except I think I have figured out a way to fasten the hinges to the carcass/case and the lid such that the lid is aligned with the carcass on all four sides. The solution hit me in a dynamic senior moment [seniors can have those moments when we discover the earth is round]. Using pinch clamps, I clamped two pieces of wood to each side of the box on the inside for a total of 8 clamps and 8 pieces of wood. I had left the top off the lid and the bottom off the carcass. The pieces of wood were long enough to extend above the carcass and into the lid. Then I put the lid on the carcass knowing it could not shift left to right or right to left or front to back or back to front. I had that lid secured so it was aligned to the carcass on all four sides. I had to lay it on the front side of the carcass to install the hinges so I placed pieces of wood under the front to provide clearance for the pinch clamps. Then I marked the hinges with a very sharp marking knife [from Lee Valley Tools], anchored a small straight bit in my Bosch trim router and made the mortises. The hinges went in very tight, and brass bolts and nuts were used instead of screws since the wood was soft furniture grade Northern pine.

So the two critical steps were:

1. leave the top of the lid off and the bottom of the carcass,
2. clamp pieces of wood on the inside to keep lid from moving around.

If you notice, the hinges were anchored on the outside of the box. My long standing, yet unresolved, desire is to find a way to put the hinges on the edges of the lid and carcass so just the knuckle is showing and do this over and over again without any screw ups and such that the lid is aligned on all four sides with the carcass.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 03:02 AM

One day I’ll have to have a go at making a beaut little wooden box…..very nicely done…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 05:11 AM

WS, At first I thought this was a wooden mailbox, but this is a very nice box and is well constructed. I especially like the interior parts. It is nice that you took the time to make your box really useful.

Your technique for matching things up should work well, but if you are going to apply exterior hinges, two inch masking tape around three sides might work too. Butting a side up to the fence on a tablesaw while you tape the front side makes the job easier. A square will help align the hinge and the tape might be a good way to hold the hinge in the right place until you can drill the screw holes with your Vix Bit, as you can see in this 30 second Lee Valley video.

My tastes run to edge mortised hinges and splines instead of box joints. In the interest of sharing information, you might try this hinge technique.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 11:08 AM

For what it’s worth, I agree with Al. You’ve constructed a nice box, and I also applaud the use of pine, as it can be very attractive. My tastes also run to edge mortised hinges whenever I use butt hinges. My usual preference though is for side rail hinges. While they do cost more, they are easy to install perfectly.

Check out Al’s info post, as he’s installed probably more hinges than anybody. He knows how to get ‘em straight. I also have a short blog on various hinge choices you might find useful. Here:

Again, I like the box. Nice work, and I hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 11:19 AM

Good box . Always good to keep learning new ways that work for you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 12:10 PM

That is a nice practical box and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-22-2015 06:01 PM

You did a great job on this box. Hinges can be a pain but it is the Simple Box that always seems to be a pain for me, for some reason they never seem to be that Simple. I need to check out more of of Al’s (boxguy) videos and blogs since he is a master at doing boxes.

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#7 posted 05-22-2015 10:53 PM

Nice the way the grain wraps around the box, also the boxes inside the box must have taken a lot of time, well done!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 05-23-2015 02:49 AM

That’s a great box. It’s obvious that Pine likes you much better that it does me! Seems it wants you to make it look good, me not so much.

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