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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 09-01-2020 01:13 AM 933 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

For those that are getting sick and tired of my posts, blame LRM (LeeRoyMan) and PM him your abuses.
He had the audacity to challenge my unused router bits in one of my previous posts which compelled me to investigate. I slowly recalled that my purchase of an Incra Hingecrafter jig

also made me invest into a set of Whiteside Half-round Bits

making some of my individual bits “redundant”.

Having terminated my forensic investigation on this Mandarin Countersink Box that I fabricated not that long ago,

I concluded that a quick write up on it may be in order.
No, it’s not a box for mandarins and can be observed that its too small for a Chinese man, but rather a box that reads from right to left in Chinese hanzi tradition.

A few years ago, out of desperation, I bought some cheap countersink bits from Bunnings ($30 or so a set of 5) that were simply a bucket of shit…

I promptly ordered some TCT tipped countersinks with tapered drill bits from ToolsToday (a Yankee outlet) and when they arrived, I thought they’d be an ideal candidate for a box.

A basic finger joint box was designed using SketchUp,

and Corel for the box engraving, using the PINEWOOD font,

Before it got off the drawing board, the Hingecrafter jig I impulsively ordered for no other reason than it might be handy some time in the future, arrived and the brain went into overdrive and considered a wooden hinged box for the new countersinks.

With this change of tack, I RTFM’d and started the hinge making process at the router table taking full advantage of my Using my Incra LS positioner’s features. The hinges were trimmed to specifications, the appropriate ½” dia. Jig setup and the holes drilled using the long 1/8” drill bit that came with the kit.

Tried a test fit,

Unfortunately at the time, my camera was not an integral part of my woodworking progress so there are no pictures of the box making process and you’ll just have to believe what I type that follows is the truth and nothing but the truth…

The box was made out of pine with a construction revamp. As per the original SketchUp design, a rotating bit holder was made, engraved, white wood-putty filled and inserted,

Used a pair of rare-earth magnets to keep the box closed.

The frustrating part of this build was that these countersink bits are now also redundant once I upgraded my countersink set to these,

The box now just gets lost in the annals of the workshop and accumulates sawdust.

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





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mel52

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#1 posted 09-01-2020 03:13 AM

I like the way you did the hinge part, I wouldn’t have thought of doing it that way. Great job. !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 09-01-2020 03:34 AM

I agree. Interesting way to go about making those hinges.

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

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crowie

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#3 posted 09-01-2020 04:39 AM

Nicely boxed Ducky and very fancy hinge…

Could you do a soft wallet hinge too, as yours must be opening and closing heaps with all these beaut gizmos..

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

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 09-01-2020 05:04 AM

Wonderful box and hinges.
How did you engrave the letters.
Can you elaborate on the process.?
I’d like to try it.

Sorry about your project getting lost in an anal. :)
I mean annals. Is that plural?

-- James E McIntyre

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 09-01-2020 07:26 AM


Could you do a soft wallet hinge too, as yours must be opening and closing heaps with all these beaut gizmos..
- crowie

Not needed crowie... It’s our latest C19 cashless conspiracy that manages to wreak havoc with my mental stability, on month’s end VISA closure day, however, gives respite to rc’s… oops, my wallet…
Fortunately in support, restrictions on travel is keeping the debt collectors at bay… sanctimoniously assisted by my”Mandatory C19 Quarantine” sign,

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

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Ivan

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#6 posted 09-01-2020 08:10 AM

You realy put great effort in that project…. are you bored in your life…. hehehe… just kiding… Great looking box!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 09-01-2020 08:58 AM


... How did you engrave the letters.
Can you elaborate on the process.?
I’d like to try it…
- James E McIntyre

You would need (I have) access to a laser/CNC, JEM.

I design the text in CorelDraw (any graphics package will do – Inkscape is a freebie), then “print” to my laser (about 2/3 down in the blog is a brief description of the process)... but, basically it’s engrave to about 1.5mm depth (usually 2 passes), contrasting wood-filler filled, and ROS sanded level.


..... are you bored in your life….
- Ivan

You’re right maj... it being a “waste” of time. It was eventually replaced by,

which was just a short piece of pine with 4 holes in it and a permanent fixed location,

not even laser engraved!

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

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robscastle

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#8 posted 09-01-2020 09:52 AM

some time ago did actually did become unhinged and made a hinged box using my finger joint cutter along with a drill similar to LBDs

It took quite a bit of fiddling but I eventually had a acceptable product. the link to it is here if your interested

-- Regards Rob

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stripit

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#9 posted 09-01-2020 12:28 PM

Love your posts, they give me a laugh in the morning. Keep it up.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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LeeRoyMan

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#10 posted 09-01-2020 05:10 PM


Boys and Girls,

For those that are getting sick and tired of my posts, blame LRM (LeeRoyMan) and PM him your abuses.
He had the audacity to challenge my unused router bits in one of my previous posts which compelled me to investigate.

- LittleBlackDuck


Meh?

Woke up to 17 Pm’s cursing me out. That’s just rude…...

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crowie

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#11 posted 09-01-2020 10:36 PM


Boys and Girls,

For those that are getting sick and tired of my posts, blame LRM (LeeRoyMan) and PM him your abuses.
He had the audacity to challenge my unused router bits in one of my previous posts which compelled me to investigate.

- LittleBlackDuck

Meh?

Woke up to 17 Pm s cursing me out. That s just rude…...

- LeeRoyMan


Maybe you could forward them to the Ducky for an appropriate reply?

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

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corelz125

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#12 posted 09-01-2020 11:16 PM

Nice looking box there what about 7 and 9 they have no home?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 09-02-2020 01:53 AM



... Woke up to 17 Pm s cursing me out….
- LeeRoyMan

Might have to get another paying job so I can afford the bribes to build up more than 17 followers.

Maybe you could forward them to the Ducky for an appropriate reply?
- crowie

Ah-ha… that’s why I use the head of some bespectacled idiot as my avatar to protect my true identity.


... what about 7 and 9 they have no home?
- corelz125

I’m guessing those 2 are to cover stupid Yankee imperial measurements that are fortunately banned in Australia. I threw all my 7 and 9 gauage screws out as they weren’t divisible by two and it was too hard to screw them half way in.

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

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robscastle

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#14 posted 09-02-2020 11:31 PM

Morning Alex

Hey have you seen the Arbortech Precision Carving System
there is a video on you tube by the same name looks like an interesting set

No doubt the result of another brainstorm by Kevin!

Unboxing the Arbortech Precision Carving System

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 09-03-2020 02:31 AM



Hey have you seen the Arbortech Precision Carving System
- robscastle

Yo lazarus, welcome back to the living.

Yeah, saw it but wasn’t impressed… I hate swapping out tools and that’s why I have quite a few routers/trimmers with dedicated bits.
I think Mr. Inkster has enough of my shekels,

and if I bought this “kit” I’d have to buy 3 new grinders. After all a battery is easier/quicker to swap out than the “tool” bit.

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

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