Cylinder - 1/8 inch wall with wooden hinge.

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 04-21-2013 01:34 PM 3483 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is actually my first experimental cylinder box… (much better to call it cylinder). My second one earlier done and posted. I used skewers on that second one. I do like the first one because this was the original plan. To make the wall of the cylinder, I have to glue strips of wood 1/2 width and 3/16 thick. A veneer acts as the wall to both circular lids … Bottom and Top then cut to length those strips and glue them together. I have angled the sides of the strips using a shooting board angled at 7 degree (I did not count how many wood strips will it be.

When glue is dried separate the lids and the wall… I sand to make it same thickness all the way. The finish wall made was 1/8 thick but strong enough. Finally, I glued the bottom by making rabbets using my circle cutting jig for router.

The hinge… I decided to use similar style like a manhole of a ship… This is the same method I used before. If you wish to see how it was made…. here is the link .. my blog on that… The only thing I worry is the circular form of the hinge… I use a dremel to shape the hinges and be able to follow the contour of the cylinder. It was a sucess.. The lid also did not touch the rim.

Actually, I want to make two latches (clamplike bolt to secure the lid… ) maybe next time.
Here is one sample wing nut type…

The materials are just ordinary varied. The hinge is Yakal and Narra. The hinge pin is 1/8 brass rod used for brazing. The lid and bottom plate are Philippine Mahogany recycled.

I hope you learn a bit on this process. BTW please note the pin is still long… I use that one for holding as it is still wet during picture taking.

Enjoy always on what you do… Thanks for viewing.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 01:47 PM

Great work on this nice little box Bert. I especially liked your idea of gluing the inner veneer to the outside staves and of course your hinges too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 01:53 PM

I made it that way because when you bend the veneer, the tendency is to pop outbound so you don’t need a clamp to push out the veneer. At first I was thinking to insert a baloon if it will not pop to expand the veneer inside out. Thanks for appreciating it… I still have your dragon in my mind. It was really done superbly. ..

-- Bert

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 02:23 PM

Oh Bert, your years at sea are showing and your representation of the manhole hinge is beautiful.
This is a fine delicate piece of work, obviously the product of an inquisitive and creative mind and a skilled pair of hands.
Looking forward to the screw latch.
Good luck, that won’t be easy but I have faith in you.

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

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 04:57 PM

Nice work Bert. Thanks for detailing the technique. Caught your blog too. I DO plan on making wood hinges on a future project.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 06:42 PM

Nice Bert, that must have taken some fancy clamping.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 06:58 PM

Very well done – and as said before Creative

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 04-22-2013 12:35 AM

Thanks to all,

Jamie, I used only masking tape on this type of work. The clamp for piston ring retainer is also very useful. I will take pictures on next project.

Paul, There are so many designs for the latch (angled) but the one for the manhole is too complicated as it is hinged on the side of the wall. The wingnut for tightening the lid put pressure on the rubber gasket in actual manhole. My biggest problem is the thread…. will the wood withstand a thread. Fine or coarse thread pitch?... Or instead of thread a wedge will do but it will break the hinge if it will not be rigid.. All this are just xpectation… who knows… impossible is always possible… Martyn believes in this…. While you said.. everything that can be drawn can be possible… Will see.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 11:31 AM

Wow, Bert! I just got to see this now. What an outstanding job you did on this. Not only did you create a remarkable hinge, but you matched the wood pattern also! You are truly an artist! I love seeing your projects. They always get me thinking . . . :)

Take care,


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

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