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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 03-04-2022 07:25 PM 532 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chocolate Cookie

A variation on yesterday’s post; which do you like better?

  • 8×5×6 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)!
Details:
  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.

Comments and suggestions are welcome. Enjoy!

-- MrLaughingbrook





10 comments so far

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pottz

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#1 posted 03-04-2022 08:09 PM

another beauty.

-- 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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tyvekboy

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#2 posted 03-05-2022 12:20 AM

Youʻre the box master. Another great one.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 03-05-2022 12:58 AM

Nice but I think I prefer the first one

-- 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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swirt

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#4 posted 03-05-2022 01:38 AM

They are both great. I prefer the first one. The darker one looks more …rich.

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

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Eric

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#5 posted 03-05-2022 02:05 AM

Another beautiful box which has been done well. So with that being said I have no suggestions.

With the integrated hinge stop, is that created when the hinge swings open upon itself preventing it from swinging further?

The latch system is very interesting, from the photos it looks like a single piece made to look separate. It must be hinged, maybe I am overthinking it.

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

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 03-05-2022 04:58 AM

Sweet box and love the latch.

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

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Ivan

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#7 posted 03-05-2022 06:20 AM

Another outstanding woodworking performance!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MrLaughingbrook

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#8 posted 03-05-2022 11:03 AM


Another beautiful box which has been done well. So with that being said I have no suggestions.

With the integrated hinge stop, is that created when the hinge swings open upon itself preventing it from swinging further?

The latch system is very interesting, from the photos it looks like a single piece made to look separate. It must be hinged, maybe I am overthinking it.

- Eric

Eric, Thanks. The hinge stop is as you suggest – the hinge blocks itself. The latch is a hinge with only the top leaf attached. The bottom leaf is free to swing open.

Hinges and latch blanks at maximum open position:

Latch in open position:

Zoom on the latch receiver hole, magnet and ramp divot:

David

-- MrLaughingbrook

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Eric

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#9 posted 03-05-2022 11:56 AM

Very interesting little set up. Thank you for the photo.

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

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gdaveg

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#10 posted 03-05-2022 01:06 PM

I like them both, great work.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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