Cylinder with Hinge n Latch (In Wood)

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 12-01-2012 11:28 PM 4534 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, the cylinder is complete with latch. Though I have to complete the blog on how it was done, you can already look at the series.. Cylinders.


Narra parquet cut completing the star mosaic on the lid.
White wood…. for the star… not known
Red wood – for the star not known
Inside veneer – white not known specie.
Sides spokes glued in the veneer—BAMBOO Barbeque sticks
Lippings – Makopa wood..
Hinge – Ebony Kamagong
Latch – not know wood
Pin Rods – stainless 1/8 inch diameter
finish with dead flat lacquer
bottom – tanguile.


1. CYLINDRICAL DESIGN can be made in many ways. This is an experimental way. There was no plans in the beginning however when I made the circular jig and started using it, it blinks into my mind the veneering as a way of laminating to a cylinder. At first my idea is to use wood strips (I have done this too) but the veneer was also persistent in my mind. Then I was back on my senses when I was looking for popsicle sticks to make the outside layer but I spotted the barbeque sticks from bamboo that I am using as dowel pins. So the sides was complete. The star that was just lying was completed with the side as pentagon was turned into circle then it was there.

2. WOODEN HINGE The impossible could be possible. the pin construction on both side will cater for the circular side… only if the post and the other half will be strong enough… No plans for dimension but just expecting the difficulty in making the radial action. Done in the position, routed the groove deep on the ends of the outer and shallow on the middle expecting that the pin will pass through. But not possible so I had deepen the groove enough for me to adjust the pin center point. A barbeque stick on was the one that exactly fit as the spacer to elevate the center. What a challenge for me: ROUTING using the top lid as the guide reference with only 1/2 inch flat surface for the router face to sit on. I was very happy to find out that the pin legs was long enough to support the router.

3. WOODEN LATCH. – The choice of wood is very critical as you will have to make so small grooves that can withstand the latching pull. I have made wooden hinges for the boxes but not such small pieces. The most critical is the hinge part. There will be two pivot point. The first one was the center that will give a way for the latch to pivot far enough to free from the anchor. My first attem was broken easily.. So I made different way. I have to make the groove along the grain and have it covered by a spline then glue it to the broken piece with the spline face glued to the piece. That helps a lot because the pull tension was not on the spline but on the u-siide however think of the best glue you have. I use the PVA that I am satisfied. The second pivot was done by free fitting the latch then drilled the hole by hand. I was using the latch pinhole as the guide Luckilly, the drilled hole from both ends meet and the pin was passing through it.

4. FITTING IN THE LATCH. The difficult in doing things is when there are no plans and you have have to do it in actual location. I made a lap joint on the lids to attach the latch anchor (this is the only word that I can use for the one fitted on the lid. Anyone who knew the exact word… please let me know) I was experimenting on the glue to use… Well not drying as quick as I need so I have to clean it again and use my PVA. Have to wait for hours to dry it but during that time, I was already applying the finish. Such experiend in making a lap joint of 1/8×1/8 is an extraordinary challenge. What is important on this for fitting the latch is to think of the radial action of the first pin.. Wooden hinges is only capable of making 180 deg circular action so I need to fit in the latch on a perpendicular position. My dismay… I already inserted the pin and rounded expanded the ends.

I call this as the ANCHOR..

As long as there is a possibility of doing these small pieces, I dont mind what my Dad is saying… Why not buy hardwares. THE THRILL in doing this is worth for me. It is not how much but it is the effort that counts. No one would ever realize the difficulty unless you had experienced it. No one will learn by making theories that cannot be realized. Albert Einstein made the theory of relativity but till now we are looking for the application.
Same as Archimedes’ ... “Give me a place to stand on and I will move the earth.”

So there you are, a new era that you are looking for.. The CYLINDERS…. NO LONGER A BOX. Hope you enjoy it.

Have a nice weekend.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 11:40 PM

Splendid job, Bert. Good latch design and top pattern.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 12:03 AM

Ingenious !

You will have lots of folks guessing how you did all of this.
Keep letting your imagination play Bert, we all love to see where it takes you.

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

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#3 posted 12-02-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks Martyn,
Have you seen the Siamese pentabox? It is also good…

-- Bert

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#4 posted 12-02-2012 12:13 AM

I wondered what became of this project…
You’re taking risks, adapting and improvising,
but that is how we learn, finding what works… and what doesn’t…
Another very original piece Bert, I like it!!
Well Done my Friend
Don’t stop now, You’re on a Roll!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 12-02-2012 12:41 AM

Very nice! Can we call it the not known? LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-02-2012 12:49 AM

Well done! Love the latch!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 12-02-2012 05:36 AM

A real one of kind ,great job.


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#8 posted 12-02-2012 11:16 AM

I do believe this is the first round box with a homemade latch I have seen. super job, bert & great star

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#9 posted 12-02-2012 02:48 PM

Great build and thanks for the photos!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 12-02-2012 08:56 PM

thats an aewsome build with imagination.and pictures too

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 04:40 PM

One of the most challenging boxes on LJs

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 07:13 PM

Spectacular piece Bert. I want to make a smaller version of this for my beer.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 12-04-2012 02:43 PM

Thats a really great box.

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#14 posted 12-04-2012 03:00 PM

Very interesting, and a clever use of off-beat materials.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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