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Project by Dan P posted 08-11-2017 06:43 PM 3131 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tough to get consistently exactly right is for sure. However, slowly but surely I am getting there.

On the maple box are my latest hinges made from Birdseye Maple. The last three pics are of the first little box I made with these very small hinges. I consider it my masterpiece. A whole lot of work went into getting to this point.

Anyway back to the maple box. The hinges are .300 thick with .156 fingers. I have made some more upgrades since my last blog entry. The hinges when being made are about 3 1/4” long, this gives me enough to hold on to when cutting fingers. (The wood fingers) To cut way down on time I’ve now gone to putting fingers on both ends of each piece.

Here is a picture after fingers have been cut. Remember, the pivot hole is .047

These I got just right and they worked very well without extra sanding

Also I needed to do better on my clamping jigs as they were not getting a tight enough fit. So here is what I came up with. I set the two cauls in the jig you see here, then slide in the freshly glued fingers. Then fit the side pieces with bolts that thread into the wood. Then insert the stabilizer shims and clamp together. This way I can adjust any offset of the finger pieces. It works better than I thought it would.

Then I clamp down with hand clamps and remove C-clamp. Then run .025 wires through holes to clean out. If everything was done correctly they should slide through!

-- Daniel P





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 08:20 PM

These hinges are really cool. It looks like a tedious job getting to that point of perfection. Nice work John.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 09:05 PM

Beautiful boxes :) Thanks for sharing your method. The jig is great :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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Dan P

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 10:09 PM


These hinges are really cool. It looks like a tedious job getting to that point of perfection. Nice work John.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave, except for the John part. :)

Thanks WoodYogi!

-- Daniel P

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 11:43 PM

Sorry Daniel, there are a lot of Johns out there. LOL. I was having a senior moment again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 08-12-2017 01:24 AM

Beautiful boxes, really nice combination of woods

-- 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. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 08-12-2017 02:15 AM

Thanks Jerry!

-- Daniel P

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#7 posted 08-12-2017 11:15 AM

Very nice box! Thanks for posting the details on how you make the hinges as it has been very helpful when I have made them.

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#8 posted 08-12-2017 12:16 PM

These are beautiful boxes and they display a lot of nice details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 08-12-2017 01:42 PM

Thanks Redoak, I’m happy the information was useful!

Thanks Charles!

-- Daniel P

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#10 posted 08-12-2017 01:52 PM

First off, the boxes and wood look great!

That hinge work is nicely processed out, a fine addition to these boxes.

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#11 posted 08-12-2017 03:04 PM

Thanks splintergroup!

-- Daniel P

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#12 posted 09-13-2017 10:39 AM

great work i lik it

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#13 posted 09-13-2017 11:08 AM

those are awesome, Dan! Thanks for explaining the clamping – I always wonder how the little stuff is done :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#14 posted 09-17-2017 10:01 PM

Thanks Chido, thanks Beka!

-- Daniel P

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#15 posted 08-21-2018 06:16 PM

Way kewl mann

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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