The most memorable day of all the task I’ve done… THE HINGE IS FITTED DURING A FLOODY DAY IN MANILA. While almost everywhere in Manila is underwater, I finally glue up and made the slot for pin for the hinges. As it was raining hard, the glue was difficult to dry.
The SLOT. The best way is to use 1/8 straight spiral bit for routing the slot. I use portable router and use the guide that will allow me to groove the hinge parallel to the top cover. There are two depth of slot. The ends are double pass with a depth of double the ordinary hinge slot. I need to adjust the pin position depending on the pivot of the cover… The circular part makes it difficult to determine what depth of the pin center. Anyway, cutting the slot deep will allow me to add spacer for adjusting the pin position.
The POST. This is the worst to align. Probably it was difficult because this was experimental. I even glue it first to the top cover but it did not workout. The difficulty in doing the pin slot for this has been due to the routing position. The top cover as the guide for the routing will only be good on the right end however on the other end…. it was a disaster. I route the left post manually and I was lucky to have good alignment on it.
GLUING the post. The left and right posts have to be taped overnight in proper postion relative to the pin position and alignment. A lot of masking tape was the helping hand for clamping the piece. I was just lucky because I used the rainy day so that the glue will dry slow.
Adjusting the lid opening. Using file, I make the recess on the cover arc that touches and also the lid limit for opening. Slow work but very essential.. The beauty of the hinge can be seen when it is open and the arcs of the lid and the main cylinder meet perfectly in the pivot point.
Until next… God Bless. May this flooding be over and God help those who had suffered!
Till next…. I am attempting to make a latch for the cover and an arc handle. Later it will look like an ice bucket… I am almost surrending….
Here are some pictures:
TEASERS’ PROGRESS. Few of you are interested in these designs.. So here they are on the go…