My First Attemp At A Wooden Hinge

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Project by Mark posted 09-04-2011 06:27 PM 19690 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first whack at making a wooden hinge (pine of course). I really want to start working ALOT more with just manual hand tools. Wheres the craftsmanship if its done by machine? The only part of this project that required some machining was making the pin on my drill press and drilling the hole for the pin on my drill press as well. Anyways hope you like it.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 06:33 PM

nice first mark

you can use a bow drill
for the holes and pin

the way the ancients did

then you won’t need electricity at all
(don’t tell the wife
why the power is shut off) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 06:42 PM

really great mark, now that you have done one and see how it turned out, you can expand now,,,make bigger hinges and so on, i tried a really long one and my only problem was it was to tight…but it was really fun to try something new, look forward to seeing what you do in the future with these…good luck

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 06:57 PM

I like it! I have never tried a hinge, but you have inspired me to make a box with wooden hinges.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 07:25 PM

Tell the truth Mark, I bet you had Mason supervising. lol I like the hinge, now wheres the box it goes on? Pine is OK for the box. Once the prototype is done, you can go exotic.

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 07:37 PM

Exactly lil red…this is just an idea to teach me towards making crazy ones. I have yet to make a nice box. When I do, I’ll make sure you’re the first to see it. Not only do I learn, but Mason will too :)

amagineer… I got inspired from other LJ’s wooden hinges so pass it on!

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 07:39 PM

Thx grizz….or even itty bitty hinges.

Patron…I wish I had a bow drill…. you’re talking to a 23 yr old who was brought up in a workshop full of power tools. I need to get out tool browsing.

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 07:42 PM

Gratz on the first hinge. I have done a few myself and enjoy planing it out and making them. The only part I don’t like is mounting hinges of any type. I always seem to somehow get them a little out of line so they don’t line up perfectly. The hinges still work and the lid works but there is a little extra bit of resistance in the lid – which isn’t always a bad thing.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 08:18 PM

Classic ! well done ! this will look nice but may be weak as it’s pine? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 09-04-2011 08:54 PM

Yes I used pine just because it was my first attempt….perhaps bloodwood? lol

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 09-04-2011 09:22 PM

I had all the usual alignment troubles at first. Then I stopped trying to drill the holes.
It turns out that to get perfect alignment, a tablesaw works better and it’s easier. The concept will work on any hinge.

As stand alone but style hinges however these are very nice. I like them a lot.
Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 09-05-2011 12:43 AM

The power was out all morning. Other than having to open my shop door for a bit more light, I didn’t even notice.

Wonderful go at the hinges. I am going to try that.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 09-05-2011 01:29 AM

Ya it was really fun actually for doing something completely different than my usual.

-- M.K.

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#13 posted 09-05-2011 03:24 AM

Wonderful project and well executed

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 09-05-2011 04:10 AM

Thx Norm :)

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 09-05-2011 06:47 AM


I was trying my luck on these tonight, but failed big time.

-- Chuck

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