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Helpful Information--Hinges and Woods

Let's get to know what's possible.

Knife boxes--cedar or pine, tabbed or hinged, swingarm clasp?  We make custom boxes of all sizes, in a variety of pines, cedars, and hardwoods.  We have a wholesale price list we can email or snail mail to you, but there are so many options, here's some help.

You can have your box "Japanese Style," with a simple tabbed lid, like this nice little aromatic red cedar box, our Economy Grade, raw wood, holding one of James Huse's beautiful 1911 knives:

And we can oil it for you for 50 cents per folder box or $1 per straight knife size.

Or, you can have hinges.  Now, the little Economy Boxes like the one above, there's only one hinge available small enough to attach.  We call it our Narrow Brass Hinge, and we'll put them on your box for $1.20 pair:

 When you get up to our Better Boxes, it all depends on how thick the wood is, but these are the possible hinges:

We can offer these short butt hinges, and paint them for you (we also paint the screw heads, so they will all match) in Antique Brass, Copper, Black, or leave them silver:

Black or Antique Brass, two sizes, they are mounted on the outside of the box.  Here's the large:

and the small:

Now, some of the Better Boxes and definitely the Top Shelf boxes, some folks like these spindle-ended hinges, if you don't want the colonial ones.  They go on the inside of the box with the spindle on the outside, a little more classy for those refined knives:

So far, we just have the antiqued brass finish available on those.

There's two ways we can assemble your box--nails, pins, or screws covered with hardwood buttons.  (The little economy boxes get steel brads, we give them a tap to set them, but you can still feel them on the surface).  Here's what pins and buttons look like:

those are small brass pins, rounded head, on a figured cherry box base.

those are walnut hardwood buttons, covering the screws on the bottom of a figured cherry box.  Note they are not exactly all the same color, it's just the way the wood goes.

Now, woods.  The Economy boxes are just aromatic red cedar, or pine, and the pine tends to be a mix of different kinds of pines.  Better and Top Shelf boxes are hardwoods, and here are some species we usually have in the shop, or we can hit the sawmill for additional supplies in a week or less:

This is spalted maple.  The pattern has a great deal of variety, from streaks of gray that are almost bluish, to fine little pencil lines like this one, or big shapes with pencil lines around them.  We're happy to send you a pic or two and let you see what we're planning to use.

both the top and bottom of this box are figured cherry, with acacia front and rear, and red oak ends.  We like to mix and match on colors of wood, because it delivers a special, unique box that catches the eye with it's visual combinations.

that end piece?  Ambrosia maple, framed in by cherry on the top and bottom, and oak on the sides.  Note the checkered patterning on the oak's end cuts.

that's hard maple, figured, with maple plugs.  When thinking about plugs, we do both walnut and maple, as well as oak.  Walnut is dark, maple and oak are light colored, so it's up to you how much you want those buttons to stand out.

That's cherry wood with walnut buttons in it, and a mahogany base.  Note how much the buttons stand out, compared to the photo above it.

that's a brass-pined cherry box on the left, and a plain "raw" red cedar box on the right.

There's a maple lid with oak front, walnut buttons.  We'd found an old oak half-spindle at a flea market and attached it as an embellishment.  Remember, you can add your own tooled leather, metal work, a piece of your micarta or resin handle material, something you forged yourself.  We can collaborate and create just want you want.

We often put aside woods that are rare in nature--this is fully figured Birdseye Oak.  We bought all the Amish farmer had for sale, but it was only a few boards, and the pattern did not run throughout.  Our Heirloom boxes are created from this kind of wood--from a pattern that looked like a rugged cross on a hillside, to fully figured ambrosia maple, or teak from a ship that sailed the Great Lakes, we can help you create a "show stopper" to hold your work.