A pair of boxes

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Project by ruddy posted 05-15-2016 07:14 AM 2379 views 20 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of boxes made from a very old table top I managed to salvage. I suspect it may be some sort of mahogany. The banding and corner highlights are all made from rock maple. I have used a simple wooden hinge that I have been working on and one box uses the Rock Maple as the hinge material. I was interested to see how this contrast would work. Either way, I think the rear view of the hinge has nice clean crisp lines.
The geometry of the hinge is important so the lid only opens to about 95 degrees. Here are a couple of pictures of the hinge detail.

The grooves were cut using a 16 mm dia ball nose cutter and the cutter was taken to a depth just short of 8 mm to ensure that the lid and base did not bind. The centreline of the cutter was offset 5 mm from the rear face of the box which then gives the correct opening angle of about 95 degrees
The centre piece of the hinge is glued and screwed into the base and the screws cannot be seen.The two short hinge pieces are then trimmed to the exact length required.The brass pins are from 3/16”rod and the real advantage of this hinge design is that absolute alignment accuracy is guaranteed between lid and base.
I originally planned on fitting brass locks with keys but thought better of it and took the easy route just fitting some polished stone discs into the lid. One box has a hardwood burl as the lid medallion insert and the other has an Art Deco pattern insert I made from mulga and beefwood.
The boxes have been finished with a burnishing oil being applied with a 1200 grit wet and dry finish.The close grain of the suspect mahogany polishes to a beautiful silky finish.
The boxes are lined with a pigskin suede leather.
The boxes measure 250 mm x 155 mm x 80 mm high.


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#1 posted 05-15-2016 07:53 AM

Most excellent Ruddy…so beautiful that timber…well done

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

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 08:48 AM

That’s a nice pair of boxes. The “mahogany” looks more like rosewood with those markings running through it. The hinges look substantial.

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 11:46 AM

Awesome boxes! Those spline-dovel corners are pretty unique and very interesting,also good looking. Not to mention this hinge system,I see this first time. It’s realy worth of trying sometime in some future project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 01:40 PM

I really like the hinge. I’m encouraged to try the same. Thanks for the detail.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 02:12 PM

Really nice Ruddy.
Lots of interesting details. I like the treatment at the ends of the corner splines, the stone handles, and I am a big fan of nice wooden hinges. I also like / use pig suede so these boxes tick a lot of boxes for me.
Did you get your suede from The Hide House?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 05-15-2016 03:39 PM

Very cool and definitely unique. Lovely wood and design, especially the corner splines. Thanks for sharing this one.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 05-15-2016 03:43 PM

A super nice pair w/gr8 wood combos and details. Really like the hinge also.

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#8 posted 05-15-2016 03:50 PM

Ruddy, Very nice boxes, Really like the polished stones, the top inlays are superb, and the hinge is nicely done. Congratulations on boxes very nicely done. Also a big fan of pig suede. Keep up the great work !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 05-15-2016 04:13 PM

Spectacular Ian! You keep raising the bar.Absolutely superb craftsmanship.

-- 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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#10 posted 05-15-2016 04:22 PM

Beautiful work! Thanks for the detail on your hinge assembly.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 05-15-2016 04:34 PM

Ruddy, those boxes are fabulous. That hinge is a stroke of genius and the contrasting wood are wonderful.

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#12 posted 05-15-2016 06:45 PM

This box turned out nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 05-15-2016 08:29 PM

Hinge: Ingenious, in its simplicity. So simple, my simple brain never thought of it. A very pretty pair of boxes, indeed.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 05-16-2016 01:03 AM

Awesome to sat the least!
A nice design, carefully crafted.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 05-16-2016 02:28 AM

Very nice par of boxes with the one with the blue pigskin suede being my favorite and also the hinge looks better with the wood matching .Love the stones .


-- Kiefer

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