Cell Charging Box for Son in Law

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Project by scrappy posted 04-13-2009 07:09 AM 2297 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box for my son in laws birthday. He wanted a box to put his phone in while it was charging. Have seen several on this site but all were bigger then he wanted, so made this simple box.

9×3 1/2×3 1/2

Lid is Goncalo Alves cut off ( I think )

Sides are Walnut Pallett Wood

Hinges and keys are ? Brazillian Cherry ? ( off of a crate from Indonisia )

First time makeing my own hinges. It was a lot easier then I thought it was going to be. Got the design for them from this site, can’t remember wich projects. ( I know there was seveal )
Cut length of stock to size, Cut one half of hinge, Used it for template to cut other half. Then fit together and drilled hole. Rounded corner as needed.

The only problem I see is when I glued the hinges onto the back, the one on the left ( from back) moved down just a touch. This makes the lid not want to sit all the way flush, it hits in back before the front is all the way down.

Any ideas on an easy fix? Or should I just cut the hinge off the box and try again?

Please leave all comments and critiques. Am allways tring to improve so please be honest.

Thank You

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 07:20 AM

Looks good to me. You might plug the pin hole in the hinge by glueing in a tooth pick or small splinter. Redrill the pin hole a bit lower and sand off the hinge as necessary for the lower position. You would probably need a pin vise or something like that to hold the small drill bit close to the box to do the redrilling.

-- 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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#2 posted 04-13-2009 12:46 PM

One sweet box.. where did you find walnut pallets .. most of the pallets here are pine or construction grade hardwood…nothing fancy?

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 01:52 PM

Nice box. Like Degoose said, where you found pallete made from walnut? The shipper must be shipping germs in that case…LOL

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 02:29 PM

Great looking box…simple but elegant lines. The top looks too dark to be goncalo alves, unless you stained it.

On the hinge problem: It seems to me that if you drilled out the hole a little larger on the part attached to the lid, the extra play would allow the lid to sit flat. With metal hinges, when I have that problem I just put a wedge of some sort near the back of the lid opening and lightly force the lid down a bit. That usually “springs” the hinge just enough to let the front of the lid come all the way down.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 02:52 PM

Nice box. I like the different sized keys, as well as the hinges. And I think the advice on fixing the hinge covers anything I would have said.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 03:54 PM

Nice work… I love the way you made the hinges…. The walnut pallet was definitely a nice find… Making something out of nothing is what really turns me on about woodworking …. I’m gonna try to make some of those hinges… Very cool…

Thanks for sharing…


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#7 posted 04-14-2009 01:49 AM

Thanks for the hints on the hinges every one. And thanks for the comments.

CharlieM1958, Here is a link that I used to identify the Goncalo Alves from. As you can see it veries greatly in colar.

Thanks again every one

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 04-19-2009 07:38 AM

This box has an elegant manly look to it. The wooden hinges are an excellent touch. I’ve always had some trouble lining up my hinges… maybe that is why I do more of the boxes with UN-attached lids. Fine work.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 03:06 AM

sweet box like the hinges

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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