I had a couple people ask about a step-by-step of the hinge installation on my recent project post LumberJocks. I have never done a blog post before so bear with me.
You need 4 things to install these hinges and all are in this picture: router table with 5/16 bit, 1 1/4” reference piece, stop block and a clamp.
Align the face of the router table so that the bit will cut down the middle of your box sides
Then, use the the 1 1/4” reference piece to set the stop block the correct distance from the edge of the bit. Ian’s directions call for 31.5mm bit here is the States I had to convert it.
Set the depth of the bit bit to cut the mortise the exact thickness of the hinge leaf. I ballparked this depth on the low side and then just fine tuned the depth by raising the bit with the router table lift. You are then ready to cut one side of the box and one side of the lid. Just push the box/lid along the fence until you hit the stop block and your done.
You then have to flip the stop to the other side of the bit to cut the other side of the box and other side of the lid
Push the box/lid through again and you are done. Screw the hinges in place and call it a day.
For me, a hinge needs to do a few things. First, work well as a hinge. Second, look good. Lastly, be easy to install. These hinges meet and exceed all those requirements. By far the easiest hinge I have installed. I think they look great. Just my opinion. Some may prefer other styles but these are great looking hinges in a box. They are solidly built and work like a charm. I know this is not the right forum for a product review but I give Ian’s hinges a A+.