8/4 cases - walnut

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 09-03-2018 09:43 PM 1674 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

8/4 cases – walnut and mahogany

Dimensions: 13” x 11” x 4 3/4”

Objectives and features:
  • Build medium sized strong cases
  • Find harmonious grain patterns and efficiency in a 2” x 8” plank
  • Home made veneer plywood panels
  • Wood hinges, latches, top supports and handle
  • Integrated lip for an air cushion during close and strength while closed
  • Through dovetails with a pattern to accommodate / hide kerf of lip

I built two in walnut/mahogany and two in maple/eucalyptus which I’ll post as next project.

For the efficient use of the 2×8 planks I sectioned it lengthwise at the bandsaw for book matched sides and top/bottom frames:

Then, milled all pieces to 1/2” thickness.

For the panels, 1/4” plywood, primary veneer as a book match, added backing veneer, and used a Roarockit.

An Incra positioner for machined dovetails (skip an 1/8” in the pattern to accommodate the kerf when I separate top from box), constructed the top and bottom as mitered frames and veneered panels, glue it up:

Handles under construction with an unfilled personalization plaque blank:

Link to my blog about the hinges:

From half hinges I made the latches with a 7 degree brass pin and magnets.

Comments welcome!

-- MrLaughingbrook

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-03-2018 11:20 PM

Absolutely stunning work David. I am so very impressed with the care you took matching up all the wood, and the excellent joinery. The woods, the wooden hinges, the hand made catches on the front, and then the wooden handles. These are a real masterpiece. You should be very proud of these! Well done!

-- 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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#2 posted 09-04-2018 12:23 AM

Beautiful work. Which one is mine? LOL

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 09-04-2018 08:33 AM

Absolutely over the top wood art/masterpiece. Not often to see such well designed and executed work, take a bow.

Thanks for sharing, and Congrats on a well deserved 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 09-04-2018 09:37 AM

outstanding craftsmanship, a well versed artisan

-- 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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#5 posted 09-04-2018 10:18 AM

Beautiful cases, I like everything about them. The joinery is spot on, hinges, and clasps all very impressive.

-- When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed they are not it

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#6 posted 09-04-2018 11:08 AM

Those are incredibly nice! Impressive joinery (and planning) and book matching. Love the hinges and latches. So the brass pin on the hinges is held in by magnet and removed to open the case?

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#7 posted 09-04-2018 11:40 AM

You are amazing! Great work!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 12:56 PM

Thanks for the nice words.

re: the latches – they swing out to release the catch which is a brass pin fit into a hole in the box at 7 degrees. Construction is same as the hinges with 3/8” barrel and 3/16” leaves but with only three knuckles. They are mounted with half of the barrel in a mortise. Before mounting onto box, I installed a 1/8×1/8 magnet cylinder; mounted to box with CA glue on the top piece and reinforced with brass pins; installed the latch cap; match installed magnet in box to close the latch; drilled through the installed latch at 7 degrees and into the box; installed brass pin as a catch; worked the hole in the box bigger until the catch fit perfectly; closing the latch has some nice action and an audible snap.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 01:52 PM

WOW amazing work, love the design and thanks for all the info, so kewl, Gratz on daily 3

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

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 02:36 PM

Very nice work. What impresses me most is your wooden latches, hinges, lid stays and handle hardware.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 09-04-2018 03:05 PM

Very cool. I particularly like the fact that everything, including the veneer, all came from the same piece.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 09-04-2018 05:28 PM

W. O. W. !

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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