Rhombus, Square and Rectangle

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 05-20-2018 01:11 PM 2312 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The name of the box is based on the cuts that are used in this box.

Rectangle – Yellow Narra
Square – Red Narra
Rhombus – Unknown Brown, White Lauan, Unknown green, Unknown light brown

As usual, whatever scraps, leftover and parquet recycled are my wood sources.

As there are no available hinges in the Philippines that suit my taste, so I made the hinges out of two pieces of aluminum strips: L shape and the other is straight. I riveted the two pieces loosely so that it will swivel. I just want that the box will geometrically plain and let the illusion of the pieces will take effect.

Here are some photo that will explain how it was made.

The tools that were used for cutting… only by hand.

Started with the top….

Completed the sides…. Notice the white line… that is the pine that will separate the lid and box. A new technique for me to make the miter joint of the sides.

Make the miter joint by planing it… forgot to take photo.

The hinges

That is all for today. Hope you find it nice and easy, Actually, I almost surrender to do it because of lot of errors and have to redo some of the pieces. You need to watch for the grain orientation when gluing.



-- Bert

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#1 posted 05-20-2018 02:01 PM

I’m sure glad you didn’t give up.
That’s delightful.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#2 posted 05-20-2018 02:10 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful box and the pattern is so nice. It’s a real eye catcher.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-20-2018 06:03 PM

Take a bow. Awesome box, great pic post, and by golly home made hinges.

A few thoughts as I read through….....

A lot of folks would have trouble with that board flat for a cutting board, you’ve jumped it to 3D.

Most people doing the cuts are using a powered miter saw, TS, Jointer and Planer to prep the stock. You’ve used a miter box, with what looks like a home made deck.

Don’t even want to talk about those hinges, they are just off the hook.

I am hoping you can give a more thorough explanation of that Pine saw strip. Once separated does it somehow give you an offset for a friction fit top? On the Top and Bottom pic but not assembled, and on the pic showing the hinge I don’t see it anymore, so maybe it was just a sawing guide to help with a clean separation.

Anyhow an extremely nice, very interesting box, and thanks for posting it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-20-2018 06:50 PM

Wow…. congratulation on a beautiful build and your technique and hinges are very sharp.
Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 05-20-2018 11:15 PM

I’m having a hard time typeing this because I can’t stop standing in front of my computer applauding this project.
This is taking boxing to the extreme by not only being a very attractive project but by doing it with hand tools. WHO cuts their miters with a plane ? Hand made metal hinges ?

Absolutely a GREAT looking and very well executed project.

and why is this not a Top 3 ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 05-21-2018 12:27 AM

Awesome box!

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#7 posted 05-21-2018 12:58 AM

That’s enough to cause eye injury!
It must have been difficult to visualize exactly how to build this, at least it would have been for me.

Really unique and outstanding project!

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

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#8 posted 05-21-2018 01:07 AM

Thanks to your comment and views. I am the same Bert who had been doing this job as a hobby and taking out the stress.

Hi Steve N,
For sure you will be surprised about the process when I do my project. How I wish to make blogs about this project and the process it was done. I do manual work and likewise use of portables but on the past years, I refrain from doing it because of noise making my neighbors complaining. At any rate, when you cut manually there is no accident specially cutting small pieces. The accuracy also counts.

Hinge – I just want to stop the lid from over opening so I lower the pivot point from the usual centered hinge. Nothing so special about it. I made also wooden hinge with 1/8 brass pin before on my previous posts here.

The cutting pine—In assembling the sides, I use a longer strip to have a continued gluing of the pieces and align it at both perpendiculars. The cut it after to further make the final planing and required measurement of the lid, then glued it back using a popsicle stick…

Mitering the sides and the top—I use a special shooting board for this (homemade) with a 45 degree cut. The only you need to be careful is the grain orientation of those edges to be mitered. You need to have a really sharp plane (I use a jackplane) especially on the edge planing. Never plane with a thick cut.

Thank you for your appreciation.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 05-21-2018 01:17 AM

Recycle1943, Old novice, ETC

Thanks for your appreciation. My wife really secured it so as my daughter. What can I ask for more, they are always the inspiration of my work.

Dick, I posted it late based on our time differences so most of the comments comes late. It is alright whether it will not be on the Top 3. I tried to make the best I can. Anyway, I have one project that became an editor’s choice.


-- Bert

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#10 posted 05-21-2018 02:03 AM

WOW, that is a super box!! The layup boggles my mind. That is one fine hand miter box you have to make all those cuts!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-21-2018 05:44 AM

Just amaizing- tramendous amount of work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 05-21-2018 06:03 AM

You definitely nailed this one… so very cool..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 05-21-2018 02:07 PM

Fantastic. It really catches your eye.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 05-21-2018 02:29 PM

I havent been on LumberJocks much in quite awhile but when this came to my email I had to look. Your projects are always so amazing! Thanks for sharing, this is absolutely stunning!

-- Janice

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#15 posted 05-21-2018 07:00 PM

Thank you for your explanations.

-- Think safe, be safe

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