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I made a couple small boxes for my niece and nephew for Christmas. Box joint router jig for the box construction, and my X-carve for the name on the lid. I made a dozen slightly larger boxes for all the other nieces and nephews and just used super cheap hinges that needed mortised into the back of the box, they seemed fairly flimsy and needed a chain to prevent the box from opening too far. I really like the hinges I used this time since the finish is much nicer, they are virtually invisible, and stop at 90 degrees, not requiring a chain for the lid. And they were just over a dollar each on Amazon.

Boxes are Walnut and cherry, and the tops are curly maple, Purple Heart, and walnut.

What I am most proud of is the finish. I've come to like satin Minwax wipe on poly and I think it makes a really nice finish that's pleasing to the touch with a little bit of lemon Pledge furniture polish on top. I applied maybe eight or nine coats of finish and sanded with 400 and then 600 grit in between coats and then before the last coat I wet sanded with a little bit of water and 3000 grit paper.

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Lovely small boxes.

Might I ask about the hinges? I've been looking for some that aren't so spendy. Seems like most of these small hinges are made of gold or something…
 

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Nice boxes. and great finish. I've also been usung small hinges and a chain on boxes, and looking for something else.
Can you tell us what they call these hinges, and how you mount them.
Thank you
 

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Lovely small boxes.

Might I ask about the hinges? I ve been looking for some that aren t so spendy. Seems like most of these small hinges are made of gold or something…

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I'll second this inquiry. As nice as Brusso hinges may be, at $40 a pop I'm willing to consider an alternative.
 

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You really went to town with the finish, looks as great as you described!

Nice woods, fine toothed box joints, side rail hinges, engraving, whats not to like?
Fine work!
 

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I'm not sure if this is allowed, but here is the Amazon link to the hinges I bought. I'm sure they are of much lower quality than some that cost $30 a pair, but they are substantially cheaper and still work pretty well.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TXRZW1?ref=pd_basp_dp_primary

A quarter-inch router bit in my makeshift router table (router mounted through a hole in my workbench) and a homemade clamped plywood fence and a block of wood clamped in place to create a stop-block. It took a bit of time verifying the measurements of the cut in at least three directions, and a lot of crossing my fingers.
 

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These are some really nice boxes. Simple but look stunning.
 

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Nice job on the rail hinge's and wood choice turned out great. Looks like those will last forever with the box joints
 

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Nice boxes. Beautiful grain and finish. Thanks for the link on the hinges.
 

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Fabulous workmanship - those hinges are real challenge to install I'm sure.
 
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