Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby Bob Savage » Fri May 06, 2011 4:30 pm

mtylerfl wrote:Hello,

I finished my "Mother's Keepsakes Box" for my Mom today and thought you might want to see a couple pics of it!

- The wood is Maple
- Applied Minwax "Natural" stain #209
- Applied several spray coats of Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear Gloss (sanded lightly with 800-grit sandpaper between every couple of coats)


Looks excellent Michael.

Question: How did you attach the chain? I can't tell if you have just a screw holding it to the lid/box. It looks like there might be something else there too?

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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby Bob Savage » Fri May 06, 2011 7:16 pm

One other question: I've not used these type of hinges before. You guys are calling them 3/4" hinges but Home Depot and True Value guys are telling me I'm actually looking for a 1 1/2" hinge, which is 3/4" to the center but the hinges look too big for the hinge pocket in the box.

And finally, does the hinge just screw on top of the underside of the lid, no relief required?

I've got my parts cut and am hoping to finish this thing for Sunday!

By the way, thank you very much for putting this project up.
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby jasond » Fri May 06, 2011 11:20 pm

Bob Savage wrote:One other question: I've not used these type of hinges before. You guys are calling them 3/4" hinges but Home Depot and True Value guys are telling me I'm actually looking for a 1 1/2" hinge, which is 3/4" to the center but the hinges look too big for the hinge pocket in the box.

And finally, does the hinge just screw on top of the underside of the lid, no relief required?

I've got my parts cut and am hoping to finish this thing for Sunday!

By the way, thank you very much for putting this project up.



The ones I used were 3/4 wide when they are open- not each side.
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby mtylerfl » Sat May 07, 2011 12:00 am

Bob Savage wrote:Looks excellent Michael.

Question: How did you attach the chain? I can't tell if you have just a screw holding it to the lid/box. It looks like there might be something else there too?

Thanks

One other question: I've not used these type of hinges before. You guys are calling them 3/4" hinges but Home Depot and True Value guys are telling me I'm actually looking for a 1 1/2" hinge, which is 3/4" to the center but the hinges look too big for the hinge pocket in the box.

And finally, does the hinge just screw on top of the underside of the lid, no relief required?

I've got my parts cut and am hoping to finish this thing for Sunday!

By the way, thank you very much for putting this project up.



Hi Bob,

Thank you.

Excellent questions. I used #6 Brass Flathead Phillips Wood Screws and #6 Brass Finishing Washers to attach the chain. Finishing wahsers are sort of a "dished" raised washer - kind of looks like a bagel split in half. All those items were purchased at Lowes, but any well-stocked hardware store should have them.

The hinges measure 3/4" wide when opened. The back panel of the box layout has a vector that will automatically cut a dado for an 8" x 3/4" piano-style hinge. However, you may need to use a different hinge(s) if you cannot readily locate a piano hinge that size. I believe any hardware store or something like a Michael's Arts & Crafts will have a variety of 3/4" hinges you could use. Be sure to modify (or delete) the hinge/dado vector in the back panel layout to suit your hinge choice. You can always chisel the hinge dados by hand (that's what I usually do except when I can get away with the machine doing it for me!).

I did not design a recess/dado in the top - that was primarily to keep things simple - i.e., no two-sided indexing required. The hinge is attached directly to the flat underside of the lid.

The following tip may be old news to you and others... to help get the hinges lined up properly, I first drill pilot holes and attach the hinge into the dado, then fold it over (to the closed position). I often put folded scraps of paper between the hinge halves to temporarily keep the hinge flush with the the top edge of the box. Then I use a few dabs of hot glue on the exposed surface of the hinge and place the lid on top, pressing down a few seconds. I carefully open the lid and mark the screw hole locations with a pencil and then drill pilot holes onto the underside of the lid. After verifying fit, I remove the screws and hinge, then apply my finish. Don't use too much hot glue, or it will be a bear to release the hinge from the lid before finishing!
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby Bob Savage » Tue May 17, 2011 5:09 pm

Michael,

Thanks again for this project. I don't have any pics handy but I did build this, albeit delivery was a week late. It's a very cool design and I appreciate all the tips you provided.
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby Hurricane » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:26 pm

I also made this box, but turned the box over and cut a 1/4" mortise in the front and back the length of the bottom and thru mortise in the ends. I then resawed the bottom and planed to 1/4" before assembly. Made the bottom 1/2" longer and wider and cut the mortise 5/16" deep. Therefore it helped in assembly. I left the bottom mortise 1/8" above the curved bottom so as not to chip out. I also made it in walnut with a Curly Walnut top. Came out beautiful. I do want to make some personal and do like the font... Can U tell me what font that is???? I have searched around and not able to find the exact one... Love these projects....
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby mtylerfl » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:12 pm

Wonderful! I love the Walnut and your modifications to the box project. Really "makes it"!

The font for the word "Mother's" is: Harrington

The font for the word "keepsakes" is: Carmencita

NOTE: I manually node edited the Carmencita font after changing the font to curves - i.e., I removed certain fine details to assure a good carve without chipout

Many thanks for sharing your photos and I am very happy to hear you are enjoying the projects!
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby Hurricane » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:04 pm

Have a couple additional photos, showing my registration board where I set all pieces up for either side. It registers the bit in the lower left corner (lower right in the picture) so I can design around that starting point for each vector. I also changed your bevel from a V-carve to a profile cut with a 90 deg .5" v cutter at .18" deep. FYI
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby mtylerfl » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:59 pm

Thanks for sharing your registration setup photos, too!
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby njload » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:46 pm

Hello all, what happened to the instruction PDF file for this project. I made one a while back and want to make another and swore there was an instruction PDF for this project.

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby mtylerfl » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:03 am

Hi Dave,

That's the only project that doesn't have a PDF. I posted the assembly instructions and photos on the Forum on Page 1 of this thread (just go to the previous page from here).
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Re: Free BONUS Project "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Postby njload » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:50 am

mtylerfl, thanks for the reply. For some reason I thought there was one.

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