A couple of weeks ago I posted a project of a wedding ring box I made for my wife. It actually received quite a few comments about how I made the hinges…which I guess we are calling double action hinges.
Since there was quite a few questions on how I made it, I decided that I should probably make a tutorial, considering I learn so much from tutorials on here. The box had hinges that were only about 4 cm, but for this I am doing larger ones so my camera picks up the steps better.
This is what I will be building
SO since this is my first attempt at this….hang in there with me, this could be a fun ride.
I chose to use walnut and maple, partially because I have massive scrap piles and partially because I love the combination.
Make sure that you clap the wood down and that you are drilling square. A couple mm off and you are making firewood.
After drilling the holes, you will have to round it off so the hinge can move freely.
Repeat these steps for the inside hinges.
Now measure the distance from the center of the hole to the end of the hinge. The center hinge needs to be just over double this length.
Ensure the length is long enough is imperative, if not the hinge will bind and not work.
Measure the width of your stock to split the area up into seven equal distances. (In all reality the distances do not all need to be exactly the same, for instance the inside hinges can be smaller.
Cut the inside hinges to width.
And round them off.
You can use a box jig (which would work better than just eying it like I did)
Clean with chisels, I was fairly luck the chisels I sharped the night before fit perfect.
Fit dowel, cut and sand smooth.
Finished! I hope you like it. Please leave any comments or criticism so I can get better at this blogging craze!