Anyone use thin kerf hinge blades in a router?

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03-30-2010 12:00 AM

I recently saw some boxes using these:

They looked nice, but I see that they recommend using a drill press to cut the kerf slots. That seems a bit cumbersome, and it seems it would be a lot easier doing it on a router table?

Anyone have any suggestions or experience?

Thanks in advance for sharing!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 12:12 AM

Speed controlled router maybe. They look a little big for real high speeds. It looks as though you have to cut a chamfer on the box edge and install these just inside it.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 12:20 AM

I know they also make hinges like these to be used w/ the plate joiner. like these

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 04-09-2010 05:14 AM

Hello Triman

There is quite a lot of discussion about using these types of hinges with the router table on the site. Bobj has some good advise and pics about using the router table with the small circular blades. He shows some good jigs

I am planning to try them sometime soon and I will definatly use the router table with some safety gaurds and a jig.

Good luck.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 06:52 AM

I’ve been experimenting with these. I used the hinges and saw blade with the fine teeth from Woodcraft (your link above). I didn’t like the setup on the drill press. A spinning blade that high, also it was hard to line up the box accurately so I used the router table. Problem with the router table is the blade speed. Can’t get it slow enough. The blade burned and grabbed the wood. This week I’ve been using the blades from Rockler. These blades have fewer and larger teeth and cut perfectly on the router table with no burning no grabbing. Perfect cut. ”":

However, I wanted to use the Small--Box Offset & Spring Kerf Cut Hinge and am having all kinds of trouble figuring out how to install them. The idea of the offset is to be able to position the kerf mortise towards the center and not have to bevel the back edge. Problem is the little spring clip won’t fit into the kerf. I’m thinking I will have to chisel a small relief cut to be able to push the hinge all the way into the mortise. The other problem with all these type of hinges is inserting them without bending them. Also inserting them so that the edges of the lid and box are flush.

The big frustration is with both Rockler and the manufacturer. Neither of them knows how, or even if, these hinges will work! Amazing when you think about it. The instructions, there are no actual instructions, the diagram, is just not very informative. Note to sellers. It is ALWAYS helpful to show a picture of an actual application of the product.

BTW, the Woodcraft hinges will not fit into the mortise cut with the Woodcraft blade. Sorry. I had to pinch the barbs with pliers and ruined a couple of hinges before I could get a pair seated correctly.

IMO, This seems to be a really good concept but needs some more development. I think a heavier hinge that would fit into a biscuit joiner mortise would work great.

If anyone knows anything about these I’d appreciate any advice you could provide.

-- tim hill

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 08:20 PM

notottoman… thanks for the lamello link. I wonder if Lamello or someone else makes a 90 degree stop hinge that fits in a biscuit slot?

Yes, the fine teeth Woodcraft blades do not work well in a router. Way too fast. However, the Rockler blades work just fine. At least the .45 thick blade works well. That’s the one I tried.

-- tim hill

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