Shop Made European Hinge Machine

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Project by cstrang posted 11-10-2009 01:07 AM 6480 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 11-10-2009 01:31 AM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 02:27 AM

be dang,,that’s to cool..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 03:07 AM

Good thinking>

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 03:52 AM

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

Very ingenious.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 03:57 AM

Good job well done.

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 04:21 AM

That’s very smart!

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 07:11 AM

Bravo My friend… well done… innovative design.

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 07:37 AM

I like it! Very smart and thrifty too : )

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

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 05:32 PM

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 12-11-2009 07:16 AM

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

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#11 posted 01-26-2010 03:18 AM

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 01-26-2010 03:27 AM

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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