Small Box with Wooden Hinge

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Project by Redoak49 posted 05-18-2020 04:01 PM 1121 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently wanted to try making a box with wooden hinges. This one is made from 1/2” Quarter Sawn Red Oak. The corners are finger joints made on a Leigh D4R with the F2 template. I tried making them with a jig on my router table but was not happy with the fit. The Leigh Jig with the variable guide bushing was much better. I also used the jig to cut the hinge. The variable bushing also made it easy to get the right fit between the two halves of the hinge.

The latch was a pair of strong magnets and the finish was shellac followed by several coats of wipe on poly.

I made the hinge from Red Oak and used Yonico Router bits to form the knuckle and the Hingecrafter to drill the holes in them. A brass rod was used for the hinge pin.

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#1 posted 05-18-2020 06:25 PM

Very nice.
How long did it take to make the hinge?

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 06:29 PM

Nice build.
The wooden hinges turned out great whichever jig you used. I like the proud dowels/posts you’ve used to attach the hinge to the box. The whole box is very cool.
thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 08:05 PM

How long to make the hinges?

The actual hinges only a couple of hours BUT..

I spent a number of days learning on practice hinges.

I had to resaw wood to the right thickness. It took a bit of set up with trial and error to get the knuckles just right.

I spent a couple of days figuring out how to cut the fingers in the hinges. I tried the jig I had for my router table and was not happy and made scrap. Finally, with the Leigh jig I got it right.

Now, I had to learn to drill the holes in the hinge. I tried using my battery drills and had problems and broke a few hinges with a few nasty words. I ended up using a corded drill with much higher speed and worked better. I also got a 1/8” brad point drill and that worked better.

Anyway, I could make new ones in a day but part is getting set up. In fact I could turn out a batch in a day.

Lastly, I am not fast or try to be. It was interesting just to conquer this with working hinges.

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#4 posted 05-18-2020 09:22 PM

a very cool looking little box love the hinge GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 05-19-2020 06:29 AM

Nice box. Those wooden hinges are pretty much a show in themselves.

-- Think safe, be safe

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