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Posted on Butler Hinges: an Exercise in Modeling Clay

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 01:09 AM

Well, I got some Play-Doh, day-glow orange, but indeed it had the right pliability. It didn’t want to stick to the brass hinge or distort when I separated the hinge from the Play-Doh. I ended up with an exact female mold for the hinge, which will enable me to make one more attempt to get the mortise just right. 017 And there it is! I know exactly what the profile should look like, in all its nooks and crannys, and get some precise measurements for the layout. Starting with a 1 1/2 forstner bit, it’s going to be a cinch now. Any time I have to chisel in a cavity for an irregular surface, I’ll be using this method as a reference! Thanks, everyone for the nice comments.

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