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I have to start with the lumber. More than several years ago I was offered some walnut lumber that a cabinet maker was selling because he was retired and liquidating. We talked about price and we never decided how much money nor how much lumber was involved. Pretty sure I talked about this lumber before but he had some cherry mixed in as well. I ended up with a more full bed truck load of wood and was more than happy with the price.
It was so long ago that I had it buried in my shop and when I bought the Jet druim sander I rearranged my shop and re-found this walnut. It was then that I realized why I hadn't worried about it's whereabouts. It is all a carbon copy of this

spalted, figured and in general distressed to no end.
Now, back to the box - a week or so ago I bought from Rob Cosman his dowel center drill kit for making hinges. Well, when I get a new toy I have to start playing. Aside from a small pine proto type to get the right settings, this is my first box using his kit.
In his instruction video, it's almost mandated that hand cut dovetails are to be used - I never had that cup of tea. So I did it my way with miters, I started with a chunk of this piece of, well, you know.


I resawed the initial blank because it was 1 1/8" thick and came up with this



After cutting the miters and some glue up, I was here. Note the pencil line and the groove in the carcus



That line was showing where my miter would end up after cutting the excess stock away and I actually made it work as the 2 following pictures show





then the front had to be cut off to complete the altered miters



This picture shows the end with the cutoffs glued in place to meet the lid heighth and a good shot of the walnut dowel rod hinge



and finally a picture showing the inside with the lid and sides attached with an inside look at the hinge



All in all, I kinda like this new (to me ) hinge process and the resulting appearance.

As usual, please inspect and disect because this being my first, I know it can use improvement.

Thanks for looking

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Very nice, good buy, great work.
 

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Looks very nice, great work on the hinge, impressive & adds a dollop of beauty to the appearance.
 

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Great Box Dick!
Joinery looks flawless and I like that the walnut has some character.
That hinge is fantastic and sounds like you got a deal of a lifetime on the lumber.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon
 

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Very nice, good buy, great work.

- oldrivers
Looks very nice, great work on the hinge, impressive & adds a dollop of beauty to the appearance.

Thanks Guys - it was a challange for me because I just can't do brass hinges - they nwever work for me

- Oldtool
 

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Great Box Dick!
Joinery looks flawless and I like that the walnut has some character.
That hinge is fantastic and sounds like you got a deal of a lifetime on the lumber.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

- MrWolfe
Coming form one of the box guru's I totally accept that , Thanks
 

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Great work on that box, Dick.

cheers, Jim
 

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Great work on that box, Dick.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh
Thanks Jim, I think the dowel hinge is a lot easier than brass
 

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I cannot see anywhere you could improve on that.
Great work mate, and thanks for sharing the story.

Bob
 

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Looks great. Beautiful wood as a great box. Well done.
 

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Beautiful box with some nice features on the walnut.
Nice work with the hinges too Dick. I keep those for special jobs.
 

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That is beautiful timber and a gorgeous box Dick.
I love the walnut.
 

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I cannot see anywhere you could improve on that.
Great work mate, and thanks for sharing the story.

Bob

- BobWemm
Looks great. Beautiful wood as a great box. Well done.

- swirt
Thanks guys for your kind words
 

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Beautiful box with some nice features on the walnut.
Nice work with the hinges too Dick. I keep those for special jobs.

- doubleDD
Thanks Dave, unfortunately my pictures don't show the chaotic grain pattern in the walnut.

That is beautiful timber and a gorgeous box Dick.
I love the walnut.

- crowie
Thanks crowie
 

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Well done, Dick. Love that defect-ridden walnut.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns
Thanks Brian, I've been ignoring that lumber for quite a while then I realized it could have a purpose. The dowel rod hinge was as much fun as the rest of the box.
I worked off of this video
 

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Good looking box ! Well done!
 

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Great job Dick!

I love those hidden hinges.
 

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Great job Dick!

I love those hidden hinges.

- WirelessWoodworker
Thanks, the hinge was the real display here. it's neat to take a dowel rod and make a hinge
 

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Nice box and hinge work Dick!

That wood looks rough, but you are on to a great way to explore it. Boxes don't really need structural strength and you'll fine some hidden gems in that stash. The only thing I generally hate about that more figured walnut is it tend to burn with the DS and finer grits. Looking forward to where you go with your new toys 8^)
 
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