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DOVETAILED LEATHER HINGE

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Project by kiefer posted 239 days ago 2751 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I mentioned in my previous post ,here is the improved version of my leather hinge .
I have reduced the size to one inch and eliminated drilling the mortise by using a jig and dovetail router bit which gives the mortise a flat bottom .
The other advantage is that the plug which is shaped to fit the mortise locks into mortise slightly compressing the leather making a very solid installation .
The hinge now does not rely much on the glue joint but on a mechanical connection .
The joint is made by placing the jig on the marked position which is accomplished by aligning the index marks inside the opening of the jig block .
Once the jig and box has been clamped I simply rout out the mortise .
Next I make the plugs by cutting them on the band saw and finish sanding the size and bevel on the disc sander .
The two pieces that represent the box back and top are taped off with thin tape in the mortise area to eliminate glue stains and prevent the pieces from bonding together .
Then glue is applied to the leather discs and plugs and slid into the mortise and clamped aligning itself .
When the glue is set the hinge is sanded flush and further decoration can be made .
I used the table saw tilted to 45 DEG.to cut the relive bevel on the joint being careful not to score the leather ,
first time I tried this .
Next step is to obtain some better leather then I have been using ,it will look better yet .

-- Kiefer 松





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 239 days ago

Interesting approach. I might suggest that you try to find some kangaroo leather for your hinges as I seem to recall it is the toughest of leathers and is used in making whips. Just a thought, and keep posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 239 days ago

Nice idea and a sure-fire new fangled way of opening up new ideas on the “hinge” subject.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 239 days ago

Very good improvement, Kiefer. I have been looking seriously at using leather hinges on a project.That is slick!.........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Roger

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#4 posted 239 days ago

Looks like it works like a charm. The leather looks good with the wood also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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shipwright

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#5 posted 239 days ago

nice development Kiefer.
How thick is the leather after the relief cut?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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ruddy

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#6 posted 239 days ago

Clever indeed…...so many possibilities.
Kiefer, thanks for posting your ideas.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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kiefer

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#7 posted 239 days ago

JOHN
Have to check out Kangaroo leather ,where I don’t know .

Jay
Will see where this goes any ideas are welcome .

Jim
I would be interested to see your project with leather hinges .

Roger
Yes it works good and it is clean and easy now with the new system .

Paul
The leather is the same thickness as it was when installed ,I do not cut into the leather when doing the relive cut .

Ruddy
Yes there are many ways this could be done and used and I have more ideas to come and share .
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/87375!
https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/ms7tbh7.jpg!

Thanks everybody and hope you all had a great day ,I made a trip to the sawmill this afternoon and took some little gifts to thank Monika and peter for the big burl .
Well my truck got loaded with some nice wood at no charge ,I guess they appreciated the gifts .
I found out that the wood I used in the box shown above and taken as a gift is called BUTTERMILK PINE and got more of it to work with .Also got a bundle of some very nice white poplar (TIGER OR FLAME )and some tamarack.
I had a great day !

-- Kiefer 松

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Dave777

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#8 posted 238 days ago

Very interesting, thanks for the info on the leather hinges. Will give them a try at some point.
Dave

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 238 days ago

I HAD to “favorite” this for future use!!!

Thanks for taking the time to post this and an even bigger thanks for sharing the knowledge!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 238 days ago

Kiefer, the leather hinges you’ve shared with us are a great idea. thanks very much.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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dakremer

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#11 posted 238 days ago

call me retarded….but I didnt understand the process from the pics/description. haha. awesome looking hinges though!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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robscastle

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#12 posted 238 days ago

Kangaroo hey ! I can help you out !!

and I think I am retarded too… have you got more pictures? ...I ve got more Kangaroos!!!

-- Regards Robert

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CFrye

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#13 posted 238 days ago

If I understand correctly, the dovetail bit makes an opening that is wider at the bottom than the surface so that the wooden disc, with beveled edges, wedges the leather in place. Theoretically it could still pull out the hinged end…not likely though.

-- God bless, Candy

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Rockbuster

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#14 posted 238 days ago

Kiefer, if you made one of these up, and then run it thru the tablesaw, about half way thru the disk and showed it as a section, a lot of us might understand it better.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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kiefer

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#15 posted 238 days ago

Dave
Thanks ,give it a try if you like .

Randy
Thanks and share we do.

Peter
Thanks ,glad you found it interesting

dakremer
Thanks ,Just a round mortise done with the plunge router and top bearing bit and a block with a hole as a guide .

Robert
Thanks for the offer ,I wish you where not so far away .
Look at the sketch further down the list.

Candy
Thanks , there is glue also giving the bond for leather to wood ,look at the sketch below .

Rockbuster
Thanks ,I took the sample in the pics to the saw mill yesterday and forgot to bring it back but here is a little cross section sketch ,hope it helps .

-- Kiefer 松

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