The Hexabox

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Project by littlecope posted 12-15-2012 12:17 AM 2075 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made last week, with the same antique miter saw that was used for the last two boxes…
When it was decided to make a six-sider, I thought that since the sides are parallel on a hexagon, there is no real reason not to make two of the sides longer…
When I went to make the hinges, I had thought to make them hexagonal as well… Made a set all the way up to tapping the pin into the second hinge… With this result…Complete disaster...

I was pretty discouraged by that and left it alone until this week when I made a much simpler set…The second set of hinges...

I got some burn marks on one of them that didn’t really show up until after the finish was applied… I didn’t want to sand it much more, because it would have caused the hinges to stop even further open, and they already open a bit more than I wanted… :-(

I used the same Red Oak for the top and bottom panels as I’ve been using for the last three boxes, It was from a piece that I re-sawed partially with the Table Saw, from either side, and then finished off by hand…After sawing as much as I dared with the table saw...After re-sawing...

In each case some planing was required to bring the panels down to size…One end done...

Anyway, I broke down and bought a Band Saw this week… I should have some new approaches to some of these circumstances and not a few new options. I’m looking forward to that!
Thanks for reading, and just in case I don’t get another opportunity, I’d like to wish Everybody a Peaceful, Safe, and Joyful Holiday Season. May God Bless Us, Everyone…
14 December 2012

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

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 12:21 AM

a cool looking box Mike, Great job
Perhaps the first hinges would have survived if the were made out of something like Epi.


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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 12:29 AM

Nice one , Mike. I know what you mean about those hinges. I’m making one right now
What brand of Bandsaw did you buy?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family, Mike!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 12:30 AM

Very nifty, very kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-15-2012 12:35 AM

Thanks Jim….
I’m sure that a harder wood than Mahogany would help (I used Oak for the second set).
What happened is, is that I sometimes forget that these are wooden hinges after all!!
I was just trying to make them too small…
I have to remember to leave some wood in them… :)
Thanks to you two too, Jim (Jakosh) and Roger!
I have no doubt that your hinges will be a success Jim!!
I bought the Craftsman 14”...
They were on sale, more than a $100 off
and with all the “Shop Your Way” stuff
it was even cheaper…
Soon, I hope they’ll be paying me to shop there!! :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 01:04 AM

Mike – I find when scrolling, both Mahogany and Oak are not good choices for anything that has lots of delicate cuts or needs strength. Both of those woods have ‘airy’ grain patterns and are not strong. Like Jim said, another type of wood would have worked better (not trying to be “captain hindsight” but just saying.)

I like the box a lot, but I really LOVE the way the hex shaped hinges looked. I think they would have really complimented the shape of the box nicely. IF you were to make another, why don’t you try some nice maple for the hinges? I have cut maple quite thin and I am amazed at how strong it remains. A tight, even grained wood like that would work well for the hex hinges you have shown. Solid birch may be another good choice.

It is a wonderful box as is though and a pleasure to see.

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

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 01:38 AM

what a great box mike, its always good to try new things, as we always learn something huh, i really like your innovative ways of coming up with new hinges, and appreciate you sharing it with us, and same to you also , merry Christmas…..and may God bless us all…..

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

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 01:58 AM

Another great box (done the hard way!). I hate that the first hinge broke as that was a neat shape. In my hands oak makes the most breakable hinges (and I’ve made hinges from most woods). Hard maple, Ipe, Hedge, and cherry all work well for me. You are gonna have a ball with your new bandsaw.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 02:09 AM

I’m sorry that the 1st hinge broke but I like the design of the 2nd set even better! Congrats on your new band saw. I can’t wait to see what new items you will make.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 02:35 AM

Flat out awesome piece

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

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 02:46 AM

Holy Hexagons! What a great box Mike. Sorry about that hinge. It was a beauty and perfect compliment to the box. The replacements are anything but shabby.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 12-15-2012 03:15 AM

I like the hinges you “settled on”, Mike. I think they fit the box very well.
Really looking forward to seeing what you create with the bandsaw.
Merry Christmas to you and Debbie!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 12-15-2012 03:17 AM

As soon as I saw the title, I knew someone was playing with the antique miter saw again ! ;-)) Nice work Mike.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 12-15-2012 03:32 AM

Very beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 12-15-2012 04:37 AM

Great looking box, the hinges look great also

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

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#15 posted 12-15-2012 05:04 AM

Mike, That is a wonderful box!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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