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Project by WoodSimplyMade posted 09-15-2010 03:10 AM 3281 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Picture 1 and 2 are what I ended up constructing and providing as the gift for the tournament. Picture 3 shows the original design I had asked for help with.

Lumberjocks I need your help/input.

I have been approached by some of my bosses to make 12 gifts for an upcoming company golf tournament in November.

I am trying to design something affordable, yet elegant that can be used by a man and/or a woman. The majority of the players will be men however.

I came up with three mens, small valet stations and here is one prototype made from 3/8” pine with a bubinga inlay. I am very pleased with how it turned out but I would like feedback on how you would rate this for a men’s gift. Its large enough to hold rings, keys, watches and I plan to make it a little larger to comfortably hold an iPhone.

I also plan to do corner splines in a matching color of wood and plan to make the boxes from maple, walnut and cherry.

Please provide any input into making the design better or any alterations you think should be made. I appreciate all of your input and look forward to hearing from you.


-- Mike, Florida,

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 03:22 AM

You can make me one, looks good to me.
Love the design.

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 03:23 AM

Hi Mike…I like the design. I would use a more concealed hinge for the lid.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 03:33 AM

Personally, depending on how you finish the pine, I’d stay away from it. I’ve made a lot of projects from pine, and unless it’s something rustic and knotty on purpose, I won’t use it any more. It tends to warp and is blotchy to stain. What you have done looks pretty nice, so I’m just shovin’ my 2 cents into the mix. I’d switch to red oak, personally. It really looks good with bubinga.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 03:48 AM

I think a more elegant hinge is in order.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 03:59 AM

I say the cell/smart phone belongs in the round file.

But it does look good.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 04:06 AM

I agree a concealed hinge would be more attractive. You said the spline would be of matching wood. do you mean matching to the stripe on the lid? I think that would add to the look. I like the design. I would use something like this on my dresser.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 04:06 AM

Thanks Atom, I actually plan on making the “real” ones from walnut, maple and cherry. This one was just my practice prototype one.

I would like to conceal this type of hinge by placing it in mortoises but I can never line the lid correctly. Any tips on doing that with this type of hinge?

-- Mike, Florida,

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#8 posted 09-15-2010 04:07 AM

This is a great idea! The only input I might have is a ring post instead of the rings laying, less likely to get knocked and the rings go tumbling.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 09-15-2010 04:10 AM

Knife, yes the splines would match the stripe/inlay on the lid. Any tips of my comment above on the hinges install?

-- Mike, Florida,

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#10 posted 09-15-2010 04:12 AM

I’m with the hiding the hinge idea. Maple walnut and cherry should be good woods to use. I suppose you will go with a lighter wood; ie, mabye maple, for inlaying the walnut and cherry boxes. I like the design way it is.

-- 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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#11 posted 09-15-2010 04:17 AM

Mike I really like the design and the combination of walnut maple and cherry would be really nice. Given that you are going to be making a bunch of these I would question whether adding the corner splines is really necessary. You might want to see how it looks without them and then add them after the joints are glued as an added detail. Sometimes less is more.

I echo all the comments about the hinges needing to be recessed. I have made these types of mortises by hand with just a chisel and a marking knife, but once again given you have a bunch of them I would consider making a jig for your router to cut them exactly. If your lid is the same width as the box make one jig to cut both the mortise slots and as long as you keep the jig indexed off the same side for both the box and the lid they should line up perfectly.

If you feel like you can cover the expense, I would consider using a SOSS type of barrel hinge such as this one offered by Rockler.

Good luck with it and looking forward to seeing the finished product!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 09-15-2010 04:20 AM

You could do a wooden hinge, here is an example of one that was done on a business card holder.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#13 posted 09-15-2010 04:22 AM

This looks great but I’d use maple instead of pine, oak while it looks good is a bit too grainy and splinters easily. Maple will give you a much cleaner, sleeker look and will look great with bubbinga. Yes, use a different kind of hinge. There is a hinge that would fit on the inside and you will not be able to see it until you open the box. look in Woodcraft website and look up invisible hinges.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 09-15-2010 04:30 AM

Bearpie, The pine is just for the mockup. I plan to make the real ones with maple, walnut and cherry that I have in my shop.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#15 posted 09-15-2010 04:42 AM

I haven’t tried it, but someone posted a tip on something I read recently for alignment of small hinges. The tip was to put a drop of hot melt glue under the hinge leaves, stick everything together and operate the hinge to align it before the glue sets completely. Then after the pilot holes are drilled and mortises marked, you can heat the hinge to remove it. Cutting the mortises removes the glue of course.

I have cut small mortises like these using my Dremel Tool with router attachment and a small end mill or with a chisel. Which tool would depend on quantity and need for repeatability. For a dozen boxes I’d use the power tool with a jig, probably.

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