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#1 posted 01-18-2011 02:33 PM

Hi Mic. Here’s an old post that deals with your subject. I personally like the second reply. It is about how Doug Stowe approaches this problem in one of his books. Take a piece of scrap about a 1/4” thick and at least as long as your box and trim it to be exactly the length of your box. Set your table saw blade height to be the depth of the leaf of the hinge. Nibble away a notch in the stick so that the hinge fits inside it precisely. Make sure this notch is located where you want the hinges to be on the finished box. Chuck up a small straight bit in your router table and set the height of the bit to be the thickness of your hinge leaf. Rest your setup stick on the router table touching an inside corner of the notch, adjust your fence to touch your setup stick, and clamp stop blocks on your router table fence using the setup stick as a guide. Carefully route out the hinge recess for one side of the box and one side of the lid. Flip the setup stick the other way and reposition your stop blocks for the other two recesses. Clean up the corners with a sharp chisel.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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