[Rocket Bookcase] The Hinge

At long last, I was cleared (sort of) for duty back in the shop.  This back injury has been a doozy and has brought my woodworking almost to a standstill—and at the worst time too.  With daytime highs now in the low to mid 30s, my shop is all but closed up for the winter.

Undeterred, I am powering through the rough spots.  I picked up where leaving off oh, a month or two ago, and cut out the pieces for the hinge.  I think this picture is pretty self explanatory:



As you can see there’s a base split into three parts: a middle support glued in place between the two curved…things? arms?….and the dowel keeps everything nice and tidy but lets it swivel nicely.  I just need to tweak the angle of the curve where it meets the door.  An easy trim.  All parts of the hinge were cut on the bandsaw back in September.

Then I turned my attention (on a balmy 40º day recently) to the screw holes and imperfections on the two base pieces.  Using some wood epoxy putty, I plugged every hole I could find then went back and sanded everything smooth.  Ready for paint and finish now!

With the base pretty much ready to go, I busted out the router table and hogged some wood off around the four sides of the door. This allows the oversize door to fit inside the lip of the “hatch”:



Now, assuming I didn’t make my back worse by doing this, the next time I head out I should be able to round the corners on the hatch, attach the hinge base in position and paint!

But how am I going to paint and finish in a garage that’s only 40º on a warm day, you ask?  Yeah.   Haven’t figured that one out yet…

Time today: 2 hours.

Total time: 14 hours, 30 minutes.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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