1 Ugly Box

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Project by whitedog posted 07-11-2010 02:08 AM 3000 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my desire to make my boxes without having to buy hinges and try to install them , I’m always doing different hinge concepts. On this small Avocado wood box I wanted to try my idea for a new hinge system. It is a good working system , but the proportions of my available branches just don’t work on this box. This is one of those projects that was so different in my minds eye. As soon as I added the top and hinge legs it just didn’t work for me. Thanks for looking. Please let me know what you think. Paul

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 02:14 AM

what a great idea .
well thought out .

and the work look’s well made .

i bet you will see more coming up from this .

thanks .

( there are no ugly boxes ,
some a just prettier than others )

-- 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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#2 posted 07-11-2010 02:14 AM

I think that this is the way all great projects start – trial and error. It is not a terrible box, and I like your concept. Keep refining it and you should come up with a terrific looking, unusual box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 02:22 AM

Shoot , I wish I could make ugly stuff like that. Nice looking box !!! Very inovative.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 02:36 AM

The idea has great merit….though the driftwood on this is a bit bulky for the size of the box….maybe try a bigger box size…or perhaps try using smaller driftwood or maybe turned spindles or dowels as the hinge mechanism. Your mechanism does give inspirational ideas for another turning application…another idea is to use fluted or spiral rounds.

I agree with the above comments for sure….the box is not ugly…it is just out of proportion a bit. The engineering is sound but needs some refinements (only in proportion). Thanks for posting though….It really helps the inspiration to see something innovative and different.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 03:07 AM

I agree with reggiek, it has good merit. Perfect it and it will be unique. I would of never thought about using a limb as a hinge, good idea.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 03:14 AM

I like it. The idea is really cool, I hope you show us your next version.

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 03:25 AM

It’s a beautiful baby!

Think you have something there. Very cool idea, interesting.

That’s definitely a cool prototype…...........................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 03:30 AM

I gotta tell you… I like it quite alot. I was actually surprised to see how it opens and had to backtrack through the pictures. When I first saw it, I envisioned it hinging open the other direction, but I really like how it opens with kind of a self-storing lid. I do, however, agree that this version is a bit clunky because of the size sticks you had available. My two cents: I don’t know how you have attached the crosspiece to the lid, but I think if you removed a large section through the center and just had small returns from the side pieces onto the lid (dowelled to the lid I guess) you would have less visual weight and the hinge would be a winner.

I always look forward to your posts. Your ideas and materials are always innovative. I hope to see another version of this hinge in the future!


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#9 posted 07-11-2010 03:33 AM

I agree with the others that it is a bit out of proportion but the concept is marvelous and I like it. Please don’t give up on figuring out how to make this look right.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 03:36 AM

I would say unique with innovative design elements


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#11 posted 07-11-2010 04:19 AM

Very creative, organic meets traditional, good box!

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#12 posted 07-11-2010 04:41 AM

Great exploration of a new technique. Keep refining, by the fifth one you will have something really remarkable.

-- vicrider

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 06:31 AM

I like hingeless too:-)) Never thought of that one, Great idea. Homely maybe but not ugly!! Looks pretty good from here.

-- 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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#14 posted 07-11-2010 09:26 AM

I agree with Topamax. It’s not ugly at all. The hinge system is very unique. keep up the good work..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 11:06 AM

Rather than ugly, I would call it playful, and the good craftsmanship is obvious. A great concept that can be refined/reproportioned. Remember the first airplane design?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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