Ice Cream Sandwich

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 03-03-2022 08:06 PM 673 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ice Cream Sandwich

  • 8×5 x 6 inches
  • Indiana walnut and Tennessee maple
  • Wood hinges with integrated stop at 95 degrees
  • Automatic latch
  • Box joint pattern
  • Book matched inside and outside

I designed the automatic latch because I was dissatisfied with my prior projects which required you to hold the latch(es) open during closure. Otherwise, the latch would fold into the box by gravity as I closed the lid.

My new design will close and latch automatically; slam the box shut if you like (or by accident)!
  1. The barrel of the latch (small hinge) is installed into a mortise on the front of the lid to prevent the leaf from folding into the box and interfering with closure.
  2. A brass pin is installed in the leaf at seven degrees and fits in a matching hole in the base.
  3. A small guiding divot and the sloped lip on the base provide a ramp to push open the latch while closing the box lid.
  4. Magnets in the latch and box body cause it to snap shut and seat the pin when fully closed.

All comments welcome. Enjoy!

-- MrLaughingbrook

19 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-03-2022 08:57 PM

Beautiful workmanship. I love it…especially the wooden latch and hinges!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#2 posted 03-03-2022 09:25 PM

Very well done, great craftsmanship in the build, from the finger joints to the hinges. The latch system sounds very interesting and it looks much better than a hobby store item.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 03-03-2022 10:10 PM

Amazing, as usual.

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#4 posted 03-03-2022 10:18 PM

Lots of attention to details so it is really unique.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-03-2022 10:19 PM

Wonderful box, lots of detail and great workmanship

-- Ron

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#6 posted 03-03-2022 11:10 PM

so very nice – I like the laminate reveal in the box joints, breaks the color and gives it character not that it needs any help with your great hinges and latch

-- 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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#7 posted 03-03-2022 11:40 PM

Amazing, as usual.

- LeeCo

Thank you Lee for keeping up with Lumberjocks! An aged website but still…

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#8 posted 03-04-2022 12:55 AM

So many cool details. The lamination is cool and the hinges and latch are sharp.
Great build!

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#9 posted 03-04-2022 01:08 AM

Very cool. We did the same thing on a much smaller scale with smoking pipes. PurpleHeart, Maple, and Jatoba make beautiful pipes.

Your stuff is excellent!

At first glance I thought it was Incra “double-double” dovetails. Then I looked closer and thought it was filled. Finally I figured out what I was looking at and it’s very well done. Hard to do since there is little room for error.

How did you cut the top? The angle on the sides looks like it makes it a not-simple rip.

The hinges are a cool touch. The grain looks like is should hold.

Well done.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#10 posted 03-04-2022 01:26 AM

Nice job, great execution and attention to details. The maple accents the walnut just right.

-- Tim

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#11 posted 03-04-2022 01:31 AM

Woof! so many cool things going on there. Looks amazing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 03-04-2022 01:34 AM

wow,mind blown.thats craftsmanship with a capitol those wood hinges and the dovetails.were they hand cut or machine,either way just beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 03-04-2022 02:38 AM

Absolutely outstanding.

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#14 posted 03-04-2022 06:13 AM

Magnificant box, magnificant wood and contrasting details! Corners are extraordinary!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 03-04-2022 10:29 AM

Mr L

I think you have mastered your style. Well done!

Very cool piece.

-- Petey

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