While building my 6-panel cabinet recently (pictured left), I decided to capture the process of mortising for a butt hinge. With a router, a small straight bit, a chisel, and some careful layout, you’ll find mortising for hinges to be fun and easy.
These simple tips will make the process much easier:
- Create some sort of story stick for repeatability.
- Use a marking gauge and knife to scribe the hinge locations for ultimate accuracy.
- Use a router remove the bulk of the material at a consistent depth.
- Use a sharp chisel to fine-tune the fit.
Things I have already been reamed for:
- screws are not aligned with all the slots vertical.
- the router operation could have worked better with an edge guide (if I could find mine).
- my stupid face (I can’t help this).
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