Australian Cedar Document Box.

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Project by ruddy posted 05-04-2012 05:23 AM 4895 views 22 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from some cranky grain cedar and has inlaid wooden hinges that are flush with the rear of the box. I have tried out this hinge design previously and it has the benefit that when assembled, lid and base alignment is virtually guaranteed.
The hinge pieces are 4.5 mm thick and I used the hinge appearance as the overall theme of the box with the corner splines also spaced at 9 mm centres.
The lid insert is quilted Belgian Ash veneer on 5mm ply. All the hinge parts and accents are American Rock maple.The box and removeable tray are lined with green suede leather.
The box measures 340 mm x 250 mm x 100 mm deep. To save you all getting out the calculator, that is about 13.37”x 9.8” x 4” deep.
As always, your critiques are desired and welcome.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 05:31 AM

Never seen the like… way nice…

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 06:50 AM

This is an amazing box. I like how the splines flow well with the hinge design. The hinges themselves are very unique and eye catching. I’ll bet getting all the dowel holes aligned is tricky. The internal hinging door thing is a nice touch as well.

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 06:58 AM

i love it thanks for sharing with us

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 07:37 AM

Some amazing work, love the way you changed up the splines and incorparated them into the hinges. Great looking wood as well and the inlay looks great. Well done…A++++++++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 08:07 AM

This is an amazing box! Highest score on design, woods used, craftsmanship and not least some very unique and beautiful hinges that I’ve never seen the like of before.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 09:43 AM

luv the hinges & lid makes this box stand out from the norm…thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 10:15 AM

This is superb looking, I love those hinges and the cranky grain cedar is beautiful. Awesome build.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-04-2012 10:20 AM

Superb looking box! Those hinges are really neat, I must try them. Are they difficult to make?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 05-04-2012 11:06 AM

Really really nice job!

-- Nancy

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#10 posted 05-04-2012 11:23 AM

Excellence. That’s what I would name this one. Everything is incredible, from you choice of materials to your execution. I would not be surprised to see a few copies of this one show up.

Thanks for sharing.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 05-04-2012 12:17 PM

Thanks for your comments. The piece of Cedar that I started with was a $20 slab that i then cut and sliced into usable boards. The cranky grain was a challenge.
JR45..Jim, the hinges are not straight forward and they do require accuracy but nothing that is too difficult. The first stage is to rout out the hinge detail in the back panel. I do this almost as the first step in making the box.This is done before I even mitre the corners and I allow for the kerf thickness that will be lost when the box is cut into lid and base later..I made a jig to drill all the inlays for the hinge pin hole.The base inlay glue up has to be done first and I do that with the hinge pin in place to assure perfect alignment.
The hinge pin is then removed and the upper inlays are assembled in order with the hinge pin in place. At this stage, the lid can then be fitted on to the lid inlays. For this glue up I use a 24 hour slow set epoxy as you need some time to get all the pieces correctly in place with a perfect fit between lid and base.If you need further information please let me know.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#12 posted 05-04-2012 12:42 PM

Very flashy. Very nice. Lotta gr8 detail/s

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#13 posted 05-04-2012 01:14 PM

Just speechless.
Except for a plea for a tutorial on the hinges.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 05-04-2012 01:23 PM

Outstanding! You have incorporated a lot of cool details on this one.

I would love to see how the hinges were done. also

Thanks for sharing


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#15 posted 05-04-2012 02:35 PM

It’s functional art! Top to bottom, an extremely nice box.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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