After showing some of my boxes in “Projects”. I have received some inquiries about the installation of the barrel hinges I sometimes use. I hope this helps for some of you. I know it will be overkill for many of you, so just use what you wish.
With any type hinge, the layout is critical. These hinges are simple to install, but you must get your holes in the right place. If you don’t, I can assure you , you will not like the results, and you will not be able to go back and fix it—at least not pratically.
This is how to do a box that has the lid flush with the back on the back side.I find it easier to clamp the base to the lid and mark them at the same time. Make sure the pieces line up perfectly at each end. The lid was cut from the base, so everything is the exact size. If you are doing a different style box, you will have to adjust this step.
After deciding the placement of your hinges, mark top and base with a square. A making knife will give a much cleaner line. This will help with the drill press set-up.
On a drill press with a fence, set the position of the fence to the desired distance from the back of the box.
My box has a beveled edge so the hole has to fall in front of that. You will have to figure out what works for you. Centered is a good starting place, but may not always work. I use a brad point bit which makes it easier to line the bit up with my knife mark. The bit naturally falls into the knife mark.
Most drill press have a depth stop. After measuring the length I use that measurment to set the stop on the drill press. Bring the bit down to the box and press the point into the surface. Lock the quill down, the set your stop. I set it a little shallow, check the depth with a depth gauge, and sneak up on it. The depth can be a liitle too deep on these hinges if you like, but will create problems if the are not deep enough. Carfully line up the bit to the mark and drill. You will obviously have to reset after doing either the top or the bottom. It really doesn’t matter which you do first.
Insert the hinges. I find they tend to be tight. I notched the end of a dowel to go over the arms of the hinge. Then you can use a small mallet to tap them in. Make the hinge flush with the box side. If you want a bit of clearance between the top and bottom, you can leave the hinge a little proud.
When you are satisfied with the depth of your hinges, tighten the set screws and you are done.
If you have any questions—Ask Charlies Neil! (Just kidding—I would be happy to confuse you further)