Shop Made European Hinge Machine

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Project by cstrang posted 1752 days ago 4314 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After using a Blum hinge machine at school to drill holes for European hinges I thought there has to be a way to replicate the result you get with this without dropping $2000.00 on the machine, turns out there is. I have had this Craftsman drill press kicking around the shop serving no real purpose ever since I got my new one, if I sold it I wouldn’t have got much so I kept it around for a while and finally found a use for it. I made a base out of MDF and put it on casters, set the depth gauge to stop where required, set the fence to the right back set and attached two threaded rods to make little indents into the cabinet door where I need to put the screws for the hinge. It wouldn’t be good for a production shop but for a basement shop like mine it works great. And I made it out of stuff I had laying around the shop, only cost me $17.00 for the bit, a far cry from $2000.00 haha.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 1752 days ago

Nice work!

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#2 posted 1752 days ago

be dang,,that’s to cool..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 1752 days ago

Good thinking>

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#4 posted 1752 days ago

This is a pretty interesting project that looks like it works well.

Very ingenious.

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#5 posted 1752 days ago

Good job well done.

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#6 posted 1752 days ago

That’s very smart!

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#7 posted 1752 days ago

Bravo My friend… well done… innovative design.

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#8 posted 1752 days ago

I like it! Very smart and thrifty too : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#9 posted 1751 days ago

Looks great. Would make a boring repetitive job easy to do.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 1721 days ago

Nice shop, great ideas, i love the cabinets, they are way to nice for a shop, over all nice

-- Ron Sanchez

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#11 posted 1675 days ago

great job on trying something new and saving a few bucks along the way… hope you don’t mind if a few fellow LJ’s copy parts of your design…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 1675 days ago

Don’t mind at all, thats why I put it up here… copy away!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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