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Forum topic by Mark Blomster posted 1561 days ago 1014 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Blomster

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1561 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: hinges boxes

Hopefully I’m posting this in the correct area. I am a newbie.

Looking for advice on a jewelry box that I am making. I spent big bucks and bought the “Brusso” hinges! I routed the mortises and attached the hinges. The lid will not close unless it’s pressed down, and springs up 1/4” when not forced down.

My mortises are just a hair (maybe a 1/64”) deep, on all 4 mortises. Would this be the cause of the problem???

Any ideas? I appreciate any help that is offered. Thanks!!!! Lou


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bigike

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#1 posted 1561 days ago

you might want to take the hinges off and see if the mortices are deep enough? after you take them off put the top on the box then see if the hinges slide into the mortices in the closed position.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Mark Blomster

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#2 posted 1561 days ago

Thanks Ike. The hinges slide into the mortises fine. There is even a little “slop” which I’m wondering if I should get rid of by sanding the lid and box with some 180 or 220 grit taped to a flat surface…

Let me clarify my original post. The mortises are about 1/64” too deep, so the hinge is sitting down just a hair.

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bladeburner

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#3 posted 1560 days ago

Sounds like the screws are pulling the back end of the top down and prying the front edge up.

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Paul

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#4 posted 1560 days ago

bladeburner has it right, you can try to put a little paper under the hinges as shims to raise them up a bit.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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CharlesNeil

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#5 posted 1560 days ago

Paul has it right, shim the hinges higher, a small gap in the back doesnt hurt and insures the box wont bind up ,thats whats happening.

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Mark Blomster

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#6 posted 1560 days ago

Thank you for your help! A business card shim worked perfectly and the box looks great!!! Thanks again.

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