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Project by Ivan posted 08-15-2020 08:51 AM 1192 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One very cute order of old traditional salt boxes. I made them of padauk, wenge, mahogany, beech, walnut, ash and cherry. Finish wood oil.
Dimensions 14×12x17cm, 8-10mm thick sides. Brass hinges. Sides I joined with 3mm dovels, infact I cut skewer sticks for that purpose.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 08-15-2020 11:05 AM

Beautiful work. You have some great ideas Ivan. I am not seeing the brass hinges, appears to be just a pin for the lid pivot point.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 08-15-2020 11:32 AM

Very nice Ivan but like Eric, I’m not understanding the brass hinges. Can you post us a close up picture of how that works? I would love to build some of thses boxes to sell in my store – maybe adding a bit of laser work to the top or front or even a bit of carving to create multiple price points.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 08-15-2020 11:33 AM

Nice work, Ivan. Very practical!!


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

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#4 posted 08-15-2020 12:02 PM

Yes Eric, exactly.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-15-2020 12:04 PM

Mike, nothing special….just brass pin thru side hole to hole on the lid from each side….see last photo….can’t be simplier than that.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-15-2020 01:42 PM

Nice job maj... worth it’s weight in salt...

....can t be simplier than that.
- Ivan

Yes it can… no lid!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 08-15-2020 01:49 PM

Another super project!

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

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#8 posted 08-15-2020 02:06 PM

Nice, around here the salt box’s are WAY bigger and usually outside in the winter. :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 08-15-2020 02:09 PM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-15-2020 02:13 PM

you always get such good jobs to do GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#11 posted 08-15-2020 02:18 PM

Ivan! Those are GREAT!

-- 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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#12 posted 08-15-2020 03:45 PM


great boxes! Can you give us more details in the building process? Thanks!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#13 posted 08-15-2020 03:52 PM

Very much like the different variety of woods used. Nice job Ivan.

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

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#14 posted 08-15-2020 03:55 PM

Thanks Torus…where to start…First resaw 2 inch / 14 cm wide board on bandsaw, than all level up on planer, to get 9-10mm thickness. Than cut all shapes on tablesaw and bandsaw. You can join parts with or without dovels (I used 3mm skewer sticks) – just glue them. The lid you put the last. Side boards has two holes and lid also has hole on each side, some 5mm deep (make it on drillpress – you’ll get more straight hole). Last step, put some brass pins in holes (you can squeeze some epoxy into lid holes before).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 08-15-2020 04:01 PM

Nice little salt box

-- Rick M,

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