Hinge Mortise in Plywood?

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Forum topic by Eric posted 04-27-2008 04:11 PM 2122 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2008 04:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hinge mortise plywood

Hi all,

I’m just about done with a plywood chisel box. Got a question about putting in the hinges. While the looks aren’t really THAT important for a box that won’t leave the shop, I was wondering if it’s possible to chop out one layer of the plywood to sink the hinge just a bit.

Any pros or cons to doing that? Or should I just screw the hinges right on the top?

P.S. The plywood is 1/4”

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#1 posted 04-27-2008 04:58 PM

The only reason not to would be the lack of wood thickness for the screw.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-27-2008 05:06 PM

I would surface mount the hinges. You need all the wood thickness you have for the hinges.

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#3 posted 04-27-2008 07:05 PM

i agree, with only 1/4” wood i would surface mount them. you will need all the wood thickness you have for those hinges.

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