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Thread: A Small Hinged Box - Earrings

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    A Small Hinged Box - Earrings

    I always enjoy people's threads about boxes. I don't know why they are so intriguing. This is a hinged box for earrings. There is a sliding upper piece the rests inside but that will come later. This one is walnut for the top and bottom with cherry for the sides. This is a little different for me in that the bottom has a function other than just closing off or supporting the box.

    A template out of some scrap and a bowl bit.

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    A gooseneck scraper help clean up the relieved inside of the top. This is mostly just to reduce weight. One of those Milwaukee bits off of Amazon for pennies on the dollar handles the top profile.

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    Same router bit and a different template make the dividers in the bottom. A slot bit and a beaded cove profile the bottom piece so that things lock together. The top and bottom are floating panels.
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    Once you have things glued up and splined, take a cut that almost separates the top and bottom. Then use a razor knife or a gent's saw to finish the separation. Once they are apart I use a flush saw to clean up.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-14-2011 at 01:30 AM.
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    These 90+ degree stop hinges are a bit fussy as you can't lay them open like butt hinges to line things up. This is why the top is relived of some mass; don't want the top to take the box right on over when the hinge stop gets hit.

    Anyway, I tape the hinge in place and trace around it with a marking knife. I then pre-drill the holes.

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    I chuck up a spiral bit and position stops to hog out the waste for the hinge. This method is quick and accurate but, leaves a bit of chisel work to make things fit just right.

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    I've got to scoot out to dinner with LOML but, I'll make some more progress tomorrow night. Hopefully to the point where you can see where I'm going with this thing ;-)
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    Nice piece of chocolate for the lid!

    I need to make some boxes. There's something really satisfying about them...

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    Very nice Glenn, thanks for the detail and posting it. Are we right to take it that you finished the walnut on the interior side of the top and bottom before assembly?
    cheers

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    Yes, to some extent. If I am going to finish the interior of a small or pesky piece, I will pre-finish it before assembly. I will apply a final finish once everything is sanded or scraped to where I want it but, the pre-finish keeps me from having to reach every little nook and cranny while still achieving a consistent look ;-)
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    [QUOTE=Brent Dowell;260977]Nice piece of chocolate for the lid!

    That piece of wood is so pretty it could make a statue of Venus cry.

    The box looks great.

    Enjoy,

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    Beautiful box Glenn. Some of my kids have asked for something similar. I've never made one before but I think I'll give it a try. I have a bowl bit but have never used it before
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    Nice Box ! Glenn
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    OK, I got a bit more done tonight. Gives a better idea of where I'm headed. A yet-to-be-shaped ebony pull will be set into front of the top.

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    Hinge holds the top open. Upper tray slides. This is for LOML's larger bangles. The "trays" could be sized to fit more pairs of smaller earrings and this tray may get replaced before all is said and done.

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    I want a picture of her wearing those wall anchors in her ears.
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