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A Big Woodworking Screw-Up


Posted on October 15th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments


Ok, I’ll admit, the title is a bit misleading, but it was just too easy.
This weekend I spend most of Saturday screwing things together on a set of 70 boxes I’ve been commissioned to make for a custom invitation. Each box had two hinges with four screws each. That’s 560 brass screws, not to mention the other four for the front latch bringing the grand total to 840 1/2″ #4 screws. Thank goodness for power tools.

The poplar boxes made it possible to avoid the pre-drilling entirely, with just a firm awl mark to get things started. I used some antique brass aging liquid to darken things up a bit, but the hinges were another story. Because the cheap ones are brass plate, I had to improvise. I used a spray can of Rust-Oleum’s Hammered Bronze with a light coating to match the rest of the hardware. I’m happy with how they turned out after 45 hours of labor for the 70 boxes. I’m also glad they are done.

I’ll have some more photos of the final project soon. Anyone else have a story about production woodworking? Doing 840 of anything forces you to really think about your body movement, positioning and how to build efficiency into everything you do.





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