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Wooden-hinge box

Wooden-hinge box

For quite a while I've wanted to make a box with wooden hinges.  I reasearched various ways to make the hinges and the method I chose was to drill the hole for the pin first and then cut out the hinge shape using the scroll saw. This may not be the fastest way to do things but it worked well. Because the box is relatively small, about 4 inches long, I cut the rabbets on the lid panel using a hand plane instead of using the table saw. Preparing the panel took less time than I anticipated and, once again, hand tools allowed me to sneak up on the fit.

Pierced Lid Box

The pattern for the lid of this box came from a magazine. While it provides an interesting change, I don't think I have the patience to do a lot of these boxes because it takes more time to undo the scroll saw blade and rethread it than it does to do the actual sawing.  The body of the box was made from  a scrap of construction lumber which can show attractive colour sometimes.

Wedding Boxes

Rose wedding box

Marian has created a number of boxes as wedding presents for specific couples. These boxes are one of a kind and often incoporate the initials of the couple in a design which is chip-carved into the lid. One couple keeps the box beside their bed and places their wedding rings in it each night.

Penny's boxes are DONE!

Walnut keepsake box.  This is the box that uses wood from the 1900's bedstead.

It was a bit of a worry to make sure everything was perfect but, yes, Penny's boxes were finished ahead-of-time. I used 100% discarded wood - beautiful pieces from other woodworker's burn piles, some wood we had salvaged or found including some wood from a bed headboard that came from the early 1900's. I should explain that Penny commissioned me to make a box for each of the teachers her son had during his grade 12 year. When I took the boxes to her, her son knew immediately which box he wanted to go to which teacher.

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