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Forum topic by Jon posted 06-24-2011 07:34 PM 3115 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2011 07:34 PM

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Just bought a pair of Brusso stop hinges from Lee Valley to put on my walnut box. This is my first time using stop hinges and wanted to know if there are any tips I could get on installing them, or are they business as usual as for cutting mortises?


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#1 posted 06-24-2011 07:46 PM

I use Brusso hinges on many projects and like to use the “flipping stick” method made popular by Doug Stowe. All you need is a piece of scrap wood, a router table, and a small spiral router bit. Works like a charm every time. One note of caution – Brusso hinges are top quality and you pay for that but I have found the screws that come with them to be exceptionally soft. Install the hinges with steel screws first, then remove the steel screws and replace them with the brass ones that come with the hinges. The steel screws will cut the threads for the soft brass screws to follow. A little Chap Stick will also ease their entry.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 07:49 PM

Make a mockup of your piece in cheap wood when installing hinges
for the first time. With Brusso hinges you must get the mortises
right the first time. While this is not hard to do, making a practice
piece to make sure you grasp how they work is a useful investment
of your time – it’s what I always do when working with an unfamiliar
hinge or other mechanical mechanism.

The mockup doesn’t have to be the whole piece you are making,
just a mockup of the portion with the moving parts – it can be just
a couple of scrap boards.

You’ll probably be using a plunge router to cut the mortises so make
sure you have a reliable guide you’re confident you can use to make
a straight plunge mortise every time you use it. The cut can wander
with some setups.

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