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Forum topic by Howie posted 07-26-2010 01:14 AM 1498 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2010 01:14 AM

Has anyone tried the Incra hinge jig? I searched here and found a lot of home made comments but didn’t see anything about the Incra?

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 06:28 AM

I have not tried the Incra hinge jig but I do have the LS positioner system with the wonder fence and have made many hinges. I just roundover my stock and then mill the boxjoint (keeping the stock extra long for saftey and ease of clamping) with the spacing that I want, after that I fit and finesse and when I am pleased I lay them together interlocked and still with the stock extra long and clamp them to a board to lock them down. After that I bring it to my drill press and bore the hole through the assembly (just make sure your drill press table is exactly 90 degrees to the bit and your fence is 90 to the table) After that just I cut a dado across the hinge right behind the barrel to remove the stock for it to close upon it’s self, finish the finessing, cut off the extra lenght and your done. It doesn’t answer your question about the jig but I have had great luck with this method. Just thought it may help out. Good luck.

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 01:20 PM

Thanks Nate, I’ll give this a try. I have the Incra LS with the Wonder Fence also and love it.

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 03:45 PM

I own the Incra Hingecrafter and I assume that is what you are talking about.

I saw this item and thought I could make one myself with some drill bushings. I spent at least 6 hours trying to make my own. Then I gave up and ordered the Hingecrafter. I like it very much. I have made some very nice wooden hinges with it.

Be advised that some woods can handle the stress required to make the hinges and others cannot.

You can make hinges as small as 3/8” (exterior dimension) up to 3/4”. All hinges are secured with a 1/8” hole and they advise using a brass rod. Being a purist, I have also used a 1/8” wooden dowel (oak).

I wish I had the option of bigger holes on the bigger hinges so I could use larger dowels.

Like all incra tools, it is well engineered and machined.

FYI – for added strength, I have inserted a brass rod that was a little short on each end. Then I plug the ends with a small piece of dowel. No one ever knows that I “cheated” this way. Please don’t tell on me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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