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A Butt Hinge Mortise

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 1495 days ago 2384 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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).

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



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gbear

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#1 posted 1495 days ago

As usual…well done. Concise, to the point and well demonstrated.
Thanks Marc.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1495 days ago

Video doesn’t seem to work for some reason?? Tried 2 or 3 times today.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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thewoodwhisperer

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#3 posted 1495 days ago

hmm, started right up for me. Here’s the link to the video on my site, although the video is coming from the exact same place: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/a-butt-hinge-mortise/

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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b2rtch

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#4 posted 1495 days ago

Nice and thank you Marc.

-- Bert

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1495 days ago

Thx Marc, that direct shot worked. Good video. I seem to do everything like an electrician; use a tape instead of a marking gauge :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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charlie48

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#6 posted 1494 days ago

Thanks Marc,great video

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 1492 days ago

Great video Marc, thanks.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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