Custom Intarsia Keepsake Box #5: The Hinges

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 08-17-2013 09:57 PM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The final step in the construction of the box is installing the hinges. For this job I have put together a little jig which makes it much easier to accurately do the small mortices required for this type on hinge.These hinges are 1” x 1” brass and require a mortice which is 1/16” deep on both sections of the box.I had an old dremel tool that no longer worked with the variable speed, combined with the cheap dremel router base that I didn’t use for anything . With the addition of an 1/8” high speed cutter I now have a dedicated hinge morticer. I begin by measuring 1” from the corners of the back of the box and mark with an exacto knife. Place the hinge on the mark and mark the opposite edge of each hinge. The jig now clamps on the reference mark and routed . Move the jig over for the other hinge and route. A sharp chisel removes the little bit of waste in the corners to square up the mortice. Repeat this procedure for the lid of the box.
Accuracy is the key to getting this right so everything lines up. I will actually install the screws when the box is just about finished.

Let’s do some Intarsia

-- Mike --

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