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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 09-22-2007 08:16 AM

Even with the jig things can go awry by a hair or two if your router isn’t perfectly centered over the guide bushings.
I just had to buy the danged thing because I had looked at it for some years and the cash was burning a hole in my pocket, plus I couldn’t figure out how to make a MDF jig on my own.

A buddy of mine had a white Corian-bodied quad hinge jig that was marketed by Woodcraft a few years ago that was idea, even to the point of having retractable brass rods that let you plunge route the pockets. It doesn’t seem to be on the market anymore and my buddy misplaced his in a move some years ago.

For thin wood the barrels are nice, and there is little chance of boogering up a nice box at the final junctures with a bad hinge experience. I am finishing a box this weekend that I had too much time in to let it go south now, so I cheesed out and used the barrels, but the chamfer on the back is a tad incongruous with the rest of the box. My other favorite is the brass pin through the carcase sides, but you have to build the sides higher that the front and the back by the thickness of the lid in order to do that. I am going to study the boxes that Andy is presenting. They are very lovely, and the price is right, when all you are out is a length of brazing rod or hobby brass. I just saw what Brusso is asking for a new line of stainless steel knuckle hinges. The price quickly tempered my enthusiasm for the new Brusso SS offerings (53 bucks for 3/4˝ knuckles, $94 for stainless steel quads. Jiminy Christmas!). Try selling a box at a profitable margin for your time when you have to shell out a hundred bucks a pop just for hinges.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.


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