Wooden Hinges #4: Retrofit - Preparing the way

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 01-22-2013 07:32 PM 3772 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A short blog today as its bloody freezing in my workshop. The original state of play with the box was this.

with part of the hinge broken out. The next thing to do is clear out a space for the main body of the new hinge. The body of the new hinge is 13 mm wide 6 mm deep. I marked up the area around the old hinge to be removed.

Cross hatched in white. I am keeping the pin of the hinge in the same relative position, level with the top of the internal lipping on the bottom of the box.

I checked that the bottom of the box was parallel to the lipping top, it was, using it as the reference edge (toward the saw fence) I cut into the bottom half on the cut line.

Gradually working up to just under full depth and cutting the last 0.5mm with a knife.

With the box taped together on the other three sides with masking tape, along the cut line, I cut to the inside of the second line (total 13 mm waste removed) again with the box bottom to the fence. Doing it this way keeps the same reference edge and the slot left should be of uniform width throughout. Next I cut in 6 mm from the back on both top and bottom to remove any waste left at the box sides. this is the result.

The hinge rests in this snuggly

You can see the the hinge is over length. This is to allow for cleaning up flush to the box sides, later. In the next part I’ll be cutting the slots for the hinge spline and trimming those off for a tight fit but thats all for today.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 08:33 PM

Pretty cool!

Are you cutting the overhang on the left and right on the last picture so it’s fully embedded.
I am probably missing the whole point. I guess I will know in the next installement.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 08:53 PM

You are moving right along and its looking good.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 09:59 PM

ah man, just when i get going and the excitment rises…you get to cold and go in…yikes, maybe we should pitch in for a wood heater or something…well get some nic hot tea and warm up…this looks really good…thanks martyn..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 09:59 PM

Getting closer Martyn. Good progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 11:06 PM

Hi Martyn,
If the hinge is integrally done, I can see the difficulty in cutting the lid. Quite realistic is yours in retrofitting the hinge back. Different color blend will also look good. Thanks for giving me an additional technique for hinges.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 02:32 AM

I think that is going to work great and looks a lot stronger than the original. The new hinge has a nice flowing shape which should look great. Doing a retrofit like this is harder than doing it in the original piece in my experience but you did a really clean job removing the failed hinge. A good blog! I’ve got to go back and figure out how you dimensioned the leaves on the new hinge.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 04:47 PM

It looks great, Martyn. What exacting work. Thanks for blogging it for us to see. Your patience amazes me.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 01-30-2013 09:25 PM

Would you believe it! I lost the pictures for the next (and last) part of this blog. Oh well I did pretty much what I’d said in the last para of this one. Trimmed the hinge down to length, mitred a 2 mm slot in each half of the box, Glued it up. Cleaned the box up and posted it. Simples.

Sorry, no pics.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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