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    Hinge Lid Boxes from Scrap

    I ran into a finishing problem on a recent project. While I percolate on how to get out of it I used up some scrap for some boxes.

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    They are about 7" x 9" x 6" high. Walnut dovetailed cases, maple or red heart floating tops and bottoms, maple, leopard wood, or red heart pulls, lift out trays.
    Take me to the hotel - Baggage gone, oh well . . .

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    Boy oh boy, I always love your work Glenn! In this case, the asymmetrical knobs really catch my eye, and how the grain carries to the lid is very nice. I especially like the one with the cherry? lid
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    Very good looking boxes, (box falls short), ... lovely artwork!
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    Glen, Those are beautiful ! I see them as Tea Caddys, precious casks for precious tea, which in earlier days was always locked and often
    kept in locked cabinet. I find the knobs a bit too whimsical for such serious stuff ! Great work.

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    Really nice boxes. Tell us more about how the floating tops are fitted into the banding of the lids.
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    Good thing you didn't scrap that "scrap"...nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    Really nice boxes. Tell us more about how the floating tops are fitted into the banding of the lids.
    I use part of the profile of a raised panel bit for the top profile on the 3/4" material. The second shot shows a previous box project lid and a piece of test scrap.

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    I then use an FTG blade on the tablesaw to cut the joinery. First a groove to provide the overlay portion of the profile.

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    I then lower the blade and cut the bottom portion of that profile shorter to make the tongue that fits in the grooves on the box sides.

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    I also use a bowl bit to provide a carved look under the lid leaving only 1/4" of material for the bulk of the floating panel's surface.

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    This reduces weight and helps things balance well when the stop hinge function engages when opening the lid. The bottoms do not get this treatment and act as a ballast.

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    This box is smaller than the other three due to the size of the scraps on hand. I will keep this one near the door to the shop. It will hold my Rx shop glasses, cleaning cloth, and other personal paraphernalia .
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-19-2022 at 11:10 AM.
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    Wow looks great. That's a lot of work to do those floating tops. Congratulations on developing that technique.

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    Impressive use of scrap wood. .corner detail, inspiring!

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    Thanks for posting details of the lid construction, I may borrow that idea in the future.
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