Box for Newly Wed

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 12-10-2012 02:10 PM 1950 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a special gift for a Captain of a merchant ship that years past, I was able to lead his way to his advancement from a cadet to a master. So I made this box with a touch of ship features.


HINGE is different but easy to make… you can take a look on the process..

THE STAR ON TOP. Just a star to signify success but for me it serves as the knob for the lid. It was made from strips of wood glued together and sawn with a back saw with a miter box as the guide.

THE STYLE is quite different… The box is shallow but large enough and rectangular. Being a wedding gift, the purpose is to keep those important jewels that they will receive.. Happy Wedlock. In this event Narra wood makes it more serious and lasting. The top lid and bottom board are really made too thin.

Hope the couples will love this box. I have to post it now as it will be packed already.. The wedding will be on Saturday. I will be there.

Thanks and best wishes for the couples.


-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 02:21 PM

Beautiful job on this. I really like the hinges a LOT !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 02:28 PM

Nice job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 02:38 PM

Nice one Bert.
The hinges look like those on portlights and round hatches… well done.

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

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks to all.

Right Paul, I should have done the cleats but got no time to do for two. I dont like to mix wood with metal.
I will experiment first if I could tap a thread on hardwood available like ebony. I know that lignum vitae is capable to hold the thread on it but I haven’t tried yet and lignum is not around. Next in line.. Wooden bolts and wing nuts.
Mike (Littlecope) made it possible for me to adjust the lid opening. I remember onboard, we need to have it at least over 90 degree. This box lid opens at more than a hundred degrees. Fine.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 02:57 PM

Very nice job Bert! Best of luck to the newlyweds!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 04:06 PM

what a beautiful box, i love the hinges and the star, there a lucky couple to get such a wonderful gift…

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

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 04:12 PM

well done

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

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 05:16 PM

This looks great Bert, I saw your blog on these hinges ,very creative.


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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 05:39 PM

Great hinges. The box just has a strong and very solid appearance. For a mans man type.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 08:37 PM

Very beautiful and interesting design, Bert. Always a pleasure to see.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 12-10-2012 08:48 PM

Beautifull box Bert.

It looks really nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 12-10-2012 09:52 PM

It’s a very nice box and a fine gift.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 12-10-2012 11:31 PM

Fine Work once again Bert!

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

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#14 posted 12-11-2012 12:29 AM

Thanks everyone. Please note that LJ is a big part of my hobby now. Whatever comes out from my work will always be the result of what we learn from here.

Specific notes:
Jim – the hinge was glued while finished already applied – It could be done in this case because the sides were coated, finished with hard poly and already dried. The glue I used was PVA and will stick to any materials. But don’t try this with very limited glue surface… aside from the slippery surface, the glue will not dry quickly as the glue will not be absorbed by the wood however if glue area is small…. there is a need for scraping.

Mike – I noticed that the concave part of the barrel determines the pivot maximum point. Thanks for your tip. I adjusted the barrel accordingly to the required pivot limits. One thing, if you sand the hinge the pivot limit becomes larger.

Well, I can still improve for the next box… I noticed very clearly the brick effect of the joints… I think it will look better if I will inlay a contrasting white wood. This will break the grain orientation.

Again thanks to all.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 12-12-2012 02:37 AM

Very well done; they’d love it for sure!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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