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Dan P

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12-24-2013 12:19 AM

A box made from Ipe and so much time spent shaping it. The lid fit to a button. A coat of finish, then time to secure the lid. Cut the 1/8” brass rods down to have room for plugs. Mixed the epoxy, dabbed a little in each hole, put the lid in position
and pushed the rods in. Went to close the lid and realized I had it upside down. I was so focused on the details didn’t even notice..unreal.

Looks like the only option here is to destroy the lid and make another. Or maybe just leave it and move on.


-- Daniel P

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 12:22 AM

ouch. That was going to be a nice box too. I say cut the lid off and try again.

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 12:22 AM

Damn! I have done things like that before and it just makes you feel like a total ass! Sorry bud. Could you drill out the brass rods and go with a slightly larger diameter?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 12:27 AM

Rip the lid, add a strip of maple/walnut/whatever the width of the kerf, flip the handle and glue it back together. Not a mistake, a design feature.

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 12:28 AM

Will it close nicely if you notch out the wood beneath the lift ?

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 12:35 AM

Scrap the lid and make a new one,don’t stray from the original design .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 12:44 AM

I agree with Richard. Drill the the rods out from the outside using one of these and install a larger diameter rod or Ipe peg. The hard part will be holding the box plumb on your drill press. Good luck.

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 12:44 AM

Richard has the solution, I think. If I’m guessing right, the brass rods are at the back edge of the lid and run into the sides of the box. Carefully drill from the outside to remove the brass rod from one side. Then you should be able to lift the top out. Next drill a matching hole through the other side of the box, clean up the old brass rods in the lid and insert new rods through the sides to hold the lid in place.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 01:14 AM

I say cut the tongue off the lid, and leave the pocket for a finger hole. Looks quite nice actually.

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 01:18 AM

Fixing mistakes is part of the fun! I’d say cut the handle off the lid and do something creative to add a new handle in the proper spot. Make it a little thicker so that you can overlay part of the handle onto the top of the box to hide the joint. You might use a contrasting wood colour or carve a shell shape or something onto the new handle. Take alook at the handle on this box. If you made it a little thicker than the front you could cut it to fit the notch and sit a little proud,

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Dan P

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 01:18 AM

Thanks for the support and advice guys. It’s great to have a forum like this to exchange ideas.. It looks like I will go with cutting out the lid and making a new one as I don’t want to risk ruining the carcass.


-- Daniel P

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 01:29 AM

It’s not a mistake if you can fix it. We’re all kind of chuckling at this because we’ve all been there, paying close attention to details and losing sight of the big picture. I think drilling out the pins is the way I’d go. I bet the expression on your face at that hideous moment you realized what you had done was priceless. I hope it wasn’t a Christmas present.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 12-24-2013 01:34 AM

Salvage your box….it’s a beauty. Drill out the pins so far is the consensus. Good luck

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 01:37 AM

Sorry to see that, but I bet we have all done something similar. Buck up, make another, laugh and move on.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 01:38 AM

If you want to tackle the drilling idea, I would suggest starting out with an undersized bit and drill into the brass about 1/4 inch or more. Then step up to a bit that matches a larger brass rod.

Finally, but a piece of tape on the lid that says “This side up” ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 12-24-2013 01:39 AM

Also, no matter what you choose as a fix, there is no better feeling than triumph over a mistake!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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