Finished building a box the other day; red oak, white pine. The original this is mostly based on had no till, but I’m shooting this one for the joinery book, so added a till. This box has a wooden hinge; a small extension is made on the rear board, so that it overhangs beyond the sides. Then this “pintle” is shaved round, and fits in a hole bored in the lid’s cleats to form the hinging action. Some shots of the process:
Here, the rear board’s rabbet is double-long. Much of this excess length will be cut away, leaving the pintle. This shows the saw cuts that define the pintle.
Then I split the waste off. Red oak splits very well.
The result. Next is just gets whittled to roughly round.
I jumped ahead and here I am nailing and clinching the cleat to the underside of the box’s lid. You can see the extended and rounded end of the cleat; with a hole bored in it.
There’s a little fumbling around to get the lid in place and nailed on. But here is the side view of the end result.
This box is a custom order, complete with initials. You can tell it’s modern, because the period way to render a “J” is to make it as an “I”. But the customer was leery of having this box read “IT” – so I made up a modern-ish “J”.
Then I went back to my carving