Box Hinges: Before or After Finish

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Topic tags/keywords: question walnut maple router mortise hinge finish doug stowe

What’s everyone’s opinion on when to route/cut the hinge mortises for small boxes?

In the past, with cheap hinges, I’ve always done it before I applied the finish, but I was watching Doug Stowe’s DVD the other night, and he does it after he finishes the box. I’ve got a walnut and birdseye maple box I’m working on, and I’m going to use my first set of Brusso Hinges. I really don’t know how much difference it makes, but I don’t want mess this one up. Your thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks.

-- David

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#1 posted 1360 days ago

I cut the mortises after finish sanding, but before applying the finish. If you’re building up a lot of finish, however, you might want to wait, so the surfaces are flush.

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