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Blog series by Woodknack updated 05-08-2014 09:08 PM 4 parts 18266 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: Prototype in recycled pine

04-07-2014 12:31 AM by Woodknack | 6 comments »

I found a stack of wood on the side of the road, a futon frame (I think) and some pine. A Viking chest (inspired by the Mastermyr chest) has been in the plans for awhile and since I tend to make most mistakes on my first one of anything, I decided to make the first one from recycled pine. Here is the basic construction of the original. image from: Differences: Mine has dadoes/grooves for the bottom instead of rabbets & ...

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Part 2: Wood hinges, need your thoughts

04-10-2014 05:01 PM by Woodknack | 8 comments »

Did some experimenting with wood hinges. Both have 5 fingers, one is 1/4”, the other is 3/8”. The narrower size looks better on the chest but I’m trying to decide between 5 – 1/4” fingers, or 3 – 3/8” fingers. (See 3rd & 4th pics) I want it to be strong but also look nice and I have no experience with wood hinges. Both look pretty good but the 3 finger hinge is easier to make. And I’m planning on using a 1/4” maple dowel as a hinge pin...

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Part 3: Worst carving ever and jigs are good.

05-06-2014 05:14 PM by Woodknack | 9 comments » This got backburnered due to a vacation and then family coming to town but I’m back on it. My prototype wood hinge turned out great, the actual hinges not so great. So I reused some cheap metal hinges that I salvaged from some long forgotten box. I scribed around the metal with a layout knife then cut the mortise with a chisel. This worked fine for the most part but that white pine is really soft ...

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Part 4: Pine version done.

05-08-2014 09:08 PM by Woodknack | 8 comments »

Pine box is done, finished with amber shellac and wax. I have the wood picked out for the oak chest and should be starting that this weekend.

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