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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Melbourne, Australia


    Gert, almost invisible wooden hinges are doable by those with patience! The trick is to make some 1/4 diameter dowel out of the same timber as the box. Cut this into 5 pices that add up tp the complete width of the box. You do need a jig to drill a 1/16 hole about 3/8 into each end or use a lathe and centre drill. Next run a groove on both dides of the hinge joint (this is tricky for one off but a cinch in production) and a 1/4 ball nose works really well. The idea is to make this 1/32 deeper than than the outside of the 1/16 hole so that when the round bits sticking out tye back get planed off the hinge wire doesnt break though. You glue up one side of each piece and stop excess by using wax. This all sounds horrifically fiddly but it adds super class to a project. Big box dowell is usually garbage which is why you make your own. These hinges are super strong as they go full length and you dont need stop chains etc. The best part is showing to your woodie mates and watch them scratch their heads as it initially had me totally tossed!! This method would lift your already fantastic boxes up into tye $300 plus class. Cant post a pic at present as since IOS 8 it wont let me post.
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  2. #22
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Garland Tx


    I’m not following everything you said, when you get a chance, post some pictures! I think Gerts bamboo ply is a perfect material for a hinge but thought his design a bit “clunky on the interior.
    Still interested

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Kennebunkport, Maine


    Keep playing with it G., You certainly got me thinking Agree with Steve it's not at the "Elegant" stage, but proto's rarely are.
    When I made that one "Fingermaker" shelf with the 1/8" wide fingers, I kept "swiveling" the joint back and forth and thinking "What a wonderful full-length hinge this would make if I could JUST....." I think that one had a small "glue gap" called out in the software.
    Scott Plaisted
    2013 Desktop/spindle/VCP 9

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Pasadena, CA


    Thanks for the tip Bob, I must try that (I believe I got the idea...). That sounds difficult but doable.

    It would be real nice to 3d-machine the dowel features from the box walls and then kind of gun-drill the wire hole with a long sharpened drill rod. It *might* be possible with a guiding fixture that re-centers the drill between every segment of the (now integrated) dowel. You think that may be possible? It would at least save the dowel prep, glueing and planing.

    I agree, the inside of my experimental hinge looks a bit crude. I call that an opportunity
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