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#1 posted 11-21-2007 12:15 AM

To add to Mark’s post you can use your router table to mortise the hinge slots. Just follow Mark’s instructions for the “story stick”. Once you have the story stick made, use it to set stop blocks on your router table. I use a 1/4” straight bit in the router. I raise the bit to match the height of one leaf of the hinge, then use the story stick to set the fence for the correct depth of cut. Use the story stick to set the stops for the width of cut and mortise away. You will have to set up the stop blocks for one side (left or right), make your cuts – which will produce a cut on the right side of the bottom and the left side of the top. After completing those cuts, just flip to story stick and make the set up for the other side, just don’t move the fence or bit – just the stop block. You will have to use a chisel to square up the corners, but that only takes a second. Wish I could take credit for the idea, but I got it from one of Doug Stowe’s books – it works great for me – perfect hinge fit every time and it only takes a minute.

Hope that helps.

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