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Wooden Hinges

I've been experimenting making wooden hinges. I have a few projects I've been thinking about that might use them. One is a drawbridge for my son's wooden track and the other is another decorative box.

On my first attempt I used some 1/2" aspen scraps. I started out modestly with only a single wide finger. Marking the locations of the finger on the two pieces, I clamped them together and used my pull saw to make the vertical cuts. Then I cleaned out the spaces where the fingers would mate with a chisel. Read more »

Tools: hand saw, router table

Tags: box joint, Hinge

Materials: aspen, maple

Building a Bird House with My Daughter

My daughter has wanted to build a birdhouse for a while. I told her first she needed to figure out what type of bird she wanted to build it for. She decided to make a house for one of the Blue Jays we always see in our back yard. Googling Blue Jay house, I found some decent plans at the ShopSmith Hands-On website, I liked the fact they had a nice set of plans and a cut-list.

While building the house was fun, it turns out that this wasn't the best project for a six year old. While she did well with the measuring and gluing, there wasn't much else she could help with. She didn't like the noise my miter and table saw made. She wasn't necessarily afraid of the machines but couldn't even help me support the boards because she had her hands over her ears. Unfortunately I didn't have a set of clean earplugs and my muffs hurt her head. Drilling holes and using a screwdriver were also beyond her dexterity.

I think I am going to look for a hand miter box with a pull saw rather than the push style saw. She loves to saw with my pull saw and it would be nice if she could actually make cuts accurate enough to build things. Maybe I'll look for a small brace too, I'm sure she would love drilling holes.

Tools: drill press, hand saw, miter saw, table saw

Tags: bird house, daughter

Materials: cedar, glue

My Daughter's Barbie Table

Previously I mentioned that I had showed my daughter how to use a pull saw. But after a while, just sawing for sawing's sake wasn't enough. We glued some of the pieces she had sawn together to make a "layer-cake," but she wanted more. Read more »

Tools: hand saw

Tags: Barbie, table