Andrew in Granite Bay, CA wrote:
Well, I finished my box with the wooden hinges. It turned out okay. I took it to my woodworking club (Sacramento Area Woodworkers or “SAW”) this week and it took first place in our “Put a Lid on It” contest.
I call this an “All-Wood Box with Rustic Touches.” The top is book-matched spalted maple. The sides are matched pieces of the same spalted maple. I used walnut for the front and back for contrast. The bottom (not shown) is book-matched clear maple. The box is shown in the Wooden Hinge Box Front and Back photos below. There are maple pegs for the hinge pin, to attach the hinges, and in the sides. Again, I think the maple contrasts nicely with the walnut:
I made walnut hinges as shown in the Hinge Detail Top photo. The hinges were made with a shop-built box joint jig on my table saw. The hinges started out about 5/8″ thick for strength.
However, the box has a thin lid. I did not want the hinge to appear thicker than the lid, so I cut it back as shown in the Hinge Detail Bottom photo below:
The effect of thinning the hinge can be seen in the Wooden Hinge Box Lid Side photo. I could thin up the top piece along the each edge because there was no hinge knuckle there. The piece behind the knuckles is left full thickness for 1/2″ to maintain the knuckle strength. This piece is mortised into the top as shown in Wooden Hinge Box Lid Open photo and in more detail in the Wooden Hinge Box Lid Hinge Detail photo, below. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture.)
All in all, I think it turned out rather well.
Andrew, congratulations on winning the contest at your Guild, and thanks for sharing your beautiful box with us! I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.