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Project by recycle1943 posted 05-03-2020 05:25 PM 1003 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to start with the lumber. More than several years ago I was offered some walnut lumber that a cabinet maker was selling because he was retired and liquidating. We talked about price and we never decided how much money nor how much lumber was involved. Pretty sure I talked about this lumber before but he had some cherry mixed in as well. I ended up with a more full bed truck load of wood and was more than happy with the price.
It was so long ago that I had it buried in my shop and when I bought the Jet druim sander I rearranged my shop and re-found this walnut. It was then that I realized why I hadn’t worried about it’s whereabouts. It is all a carbon copy of this

spalted, figured and in general distressed to no end.
Now, back to the box – a week or so ago I bought from Rob Cosman his dowel center drill kit for making hinges. Well, when I get a new toy I have to start playing. Aside from a small pine proto type to get the right settings, this is my first box using his kit.
In his instruction video, it’s almost mandated that hand cut dovetails are to be used – I never had that cup of tea. So I did it my way with miters, I started with a chunk of this piece of, well, you know.

I resawed the initial blank because it was 1 1/8” thick and came up with this

After cutting the miters and some glue up, I was here. Note the pencil line and the groove in the carcus

That line was showing where my miter would end up after cutting the excess stock away and I actually made it work as the 2 following pictures show

then the front had to be cut off to complete the altered miters

This picture shows the end with the cutoffs glued in place to meet the lid heighth and a good shot of the walnut dowel rod hinge

and finally a picture showing the inside with the lid and sides attached with an inside look at the hinge

All in all, I kinda like this new (to me ) hinge process and the resulting appearance.

As usual, please inspect and disect because this being my first, I know it can use improvement.

Thanks for looking

-- 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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oldrivers

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#1 posted 05-03-2020 06:00 PM

Very nice, good buy, great work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 05-03-2020 06:48 PM

Looks very nice, great work on the hinge, impressive & adds a dollop of beauty to the appearance.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-03-2020 06:55 PM

Great Box Dick!
Joinery looks flawless and I like that the walnut has some character.
That hinge is fantastic and sounds like you got a deal of a lifetime on the lumber.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 05-03-2020 06:59 PM



Very nice, good buy, great work.

- oldrivers


Looks very nice, great work on the hinge, impressive & adds a dollop of beauty to the appearance.

Thanks Guys – it was a challange for me because I just can’t do brass hinges – they nwever work for me

- Oldtool


-- 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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recycle1943

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#5 posted 05-03-2020 07:00 PM



Great Box Dick!
Joinery looks flawless and I like that the walnut has some character.
That hinge is fantastic and sounds like you got a deal of a lifetime on the lumber.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

- MrWolfe

Coming form one of the box guru’s I totally accept that , Thanks

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-03-2020 10:09 PM

Great work on that box, Dick.

cheers, Jim

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

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-03-2020 10:26 PM



Great work on that box, Dick.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim, I think the dowel hinge is a lot easier than brass

-- 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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#8 posted 05-04-2020 12:57 AM

I cannot see anywhere you could improve on that.
Great work mate, and thanks for sharing the story.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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swirt

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#9 posted 05-04-2020 02:20 AM

Looks great. Beautiful wood as a great box. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 05-04-2020 03:09 AM

Beautiful box with some nice features on the walnut.
Nice work with the hinges too Dick. I keep those for special jobs.

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

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#11 posted 05-04-2020 08:19 AM

That is beautiful timber and a gorgeous box Dick.
I love the walnut.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 05-04-2020 09:22 AM

Well done, Dick. Love that defect-ridden walnut.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 05-04-2020 10:17 AM



I cannot see anywhere you could improve on that.
Great work mate, and thanks for sharing the story.

Bob

- BobWemm


Looks great. Beautiful wood as a great box. Well done.

- swirt


Thanks guys for your kind words

-- 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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recycle1943

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#14 posted 05-04-2020 10:20 AM



Beautiful box with some nice features on the walnut.
Nice work with the hinges too Dick. I keep those for special jobs.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave, unfortunately my pictures don’t show the chaotic grain pattern in the walnut.


That is beautiful timber and a gorgeous box Dick.
I love the walnut.

- crowie

Thanks crowie

-- 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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recycle1943

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#15 posted 05-04-2020 10:26 AM



Well done, Dick. Love that defect-ridden walnut.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Thanks Brian, I’ve been ignoring that lumber for quite a while then I realized it could have a purpose. The dowel rod hinge was as much fun as the rest of the box.
I worked off of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87vbqCQUigE

-- 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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