Thinking Outside of the Box-Joint

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Project by scrappy posted 06-23-2009 05:38 AM 5862 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hee is a bracelet that I made for my wife. I decided to do a blog on makeing wood hinges and it turned into More then just a blog. I was wondering if I could make a double hinge and hook them all together to make a circle for a bracelet. Decided to give it a try. Here goes.

First picture is the completed bracelet. ( once she got it on, she won’t take it off for pictures )haha

Second pic is part of the crate it came from. I am hoping someone (rosewood) might be able to identify the wood. The crate is from my work. We get windows in it. It and the widows are marked ”Made in Indonisia”

Third pic is of wood after resawing and planing to 1/4 inch thick. I then cut into strips 3/4 inch wide. (this has to be VERY precise)

Forth pic is of the holder jig I made to keep the strips/small pieces in place when cutting. ( WAY too close to the bit to hold them) Safety First!

Fifth pic is piece cut to length ( 1 inch) and second end cut.

Last pic is pieces re-assembled ready for pivot pin holes to be drilled.

All that is left is to drill pin holes, Sand, Finnish, and re-assemble. ( will do a step by step of the entire proccess in a blog if anyone would like to see it. Please let me know.)

Basic Instructions:
Used my Box Joint Jig to make joints that are only 3 legs wide. Made all pieces the same. 2 legs on one end and 1 leg on the other. LOTS OF SANDING! Connected all together. Added clasp. Finnish to your likeing.

With the little jig I made for holding the pieces this was fairly straight forward to do. If you can make a box joint you can do this.

The “Box Joint Jig” came from watching the video’s in the router work shop on this link.

The Wood Working Channel Video Library

It is a easy design to duplicate and will come in very handy for many projects. ( tested by makeing a box joint then got distracted with this post) haha

Please leave all comments and critiques, good or bad. Am allways looking to improve and expand my knowledge so feed back is apretiated.

Thank you for looking.


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

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 05:43 AM

Hey scrappy
This is a cool little jig and neat process I like the design and great bracelet.

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 05:47 AM

cool scrappy. Great idea. Looks like I’ve got to try this too. LOL

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 05:50 AM

very nice work .
i like the holding jig ,
the wife must be really pleased ,
one of a kind !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 07:16 AM

Scrappy, a little more out of the box and you can make a shirt ;-)) seriously, look great, nice job.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-23-2009 11:35 AM

Wow Scrappy, you are really doing some new and interesting stuff there. I hope it’s not panic because so many others are now making your rings. Seriously, a really nice bracelet very well done. WARNING! A lot of others, probably myself included will want to try this too. Thanks for posting this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 11:39 AM

Nice to see more thinking outside the box and I appreciate the pun. Well done.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 06-23-2009 01:23 PM

Yes, please give us a tute, with pics.
I totally want to try to make one of these.


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#8 posted 06-23-2009 03:00 PM

That is great. My only suggestion is to make them with contrasting woods.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#9 posted 06-23-2009 03:29 PM

Very cool!

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#10 posted 06-23-2009 03:59 PM

That is very neat, Scrappy!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#11 posted 06-24-2009 09:11 AM

Thank You every one for the great comments! I really like the feedback.

As per request, here is the link for the tutorial.

Hope it has enough info so everyone can try this. ( yes stefang I hope everyone tries this!)

TopamaxSurvivor, was trying to figure how to do a 4 sideed piece but can’t get past getting the pivot pins in.

Ampeater, I was too chicken to do the first one with the realy good wood. Only used my infamous pallet wood for this experiment. Will be trying this again with different woods.

Thanks again for looking and commenting. Please check out the blog if thinking of trying this. I Know you can ALL join in the fun.

What to do next?


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

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#12 posted 06-28-2009 07:39 PM

Hi Scarppy.
Sorry for my late answer, have been busy with many things,
since we are not allowed to use pine as pallet or crate, we always take swetenia mahogany as its a lot here,
so i believe the wood that you have there is mahogany,
you are realy creative and innovative, i like your works, turn the waste into valuable things,


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#13 posted 08-08-2009 08:34 AM

Nice work!!!!
Thanks for stopping by my page.

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#14 posted 08-11-2009 08:17 PM

I’m back again! I love this bracelet. How did you do that?????

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#15 posted 08-12-2009 02:39 AM

Mytoya, Here is the link for the how to blog.

Thank you for the comments

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

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