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Forum topic by trsnider posted 10-17-2017 08:23 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2017 08:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: smallbox pull handle

I’m making a small box with a flesh fitting lid and would like suggestions on some sort of a pull. Maybe I need to carve a thumbnail in to the top if that’s the case which side do you think is better top or bottom? Or is there a better way to do it all together? I have attached a picture of the top opened a way.

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#1 posted 10-17-2017 09:02 PM

TR, this is what I would do. FWIW

-- Art

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 10:19 PM

Your picture doesn’t show the business end of the closure, but I think Art, and you, have it right. A thumbnail pull wuold be perfect. Easily made with a good Forstner bit and a set-up to hold the work piece in place.

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#3 posted 10-18-2017 02:49 PM

There’s no business end yet. Just the plain top. Thanks for the suggestion with the Forster bit that’s just what I was looking for. I didn’t know how I was going to do it by hand. Now I can mess it up a lot quicker by machine that I would by hand. :). I’ll practice a lot first.

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#4 posted 10-18-2017 06:55 PM

I’ve done it with a gouge on several boxes. A lot slower way to mess things up.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 10-18-2017 07:49 PM

Take the cutoff from the low end and glue it to the end of the lid.

Does the lid fall in place and then lock so the lid won’t fall open? Is not ask me how.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 10-18-2017 08:07 PM

I would put that thumbnail on the top of the end of the lid. Clamp your lid to the drill press table and tilt the table so that a sanding drum will hit it at an angle and sand out the divot.

-- Dale

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#7 posted 10-18-2017 08:19 PM

I gots no gouges. Practicing with a knife and chisels. Didn’t go bad but I need to do more.
Lid is sliding with friction fit. I considered a protruding pull but that goes against the design unless it’s on the underside (maybe). I’ll try the sanding drum. Forester bit didn’t work I have a cheap set with a big middle point.
So far the hand method seems like the best.

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#8 posted 10-18-2017 09:23 PM

TR, your bit should work IF you have it in a drill press AND the work piece is securely clamped so there is no wiggle anyplace, otherwise tools are the best option.

-- Art

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