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Blog entry by Jake Brain posted 06-20-2011 01:02 AM 33045 reads 33 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a lot of time looking on the internet for a Jig or fixture to use to install a set of quadrant hinges. The quadrant hinge is a complicated-looking L-shaped hinge that is use in the jewelry boxes that I make. It helps to remember that a quadrant hinge is simply a butt hinge with integral lid stay or stop.The arms of the hinge extend along the sides of the lid and base of the box and the internal stop bar extends from and recesses into a mortise in the box wall and lid. The jewelry box lid is supported just past the 90 degree when open by the stop bar.

The fixture that I can up with has three parts the first is a corner block assembly that is used to lock the fixture into the corner of the box or lid with “C” clamps to locate the next two part of the fixture the routing templates. The first template is for cutting the mortise for the hinge. The second template is for cutting the mortise for the lid stay or stop.

The templates are located on the corner block assembly with the two 1/8” steel dowel pins and are attached to the corner block using a 6-32 flat head screw. The templates are made so that the corner block can be flipped over and mover to the other side of the box and the templates placed on top of the corner block. The templates are made to use a ¼” – 5/16” template guide and a 3/16” router cutter.

The first photo is with the “B” side up

This is with the “A” side up

This is the layout for the hinge mortise template.


This is the layout for the lid stay or stop mortise template

The router bit is not long enough to make mortise deep enough in bottom of the box for the lid stay or stop so I used a brad point drill to make the holes deeper in the box.

This is the layout for the corner block.

I can supply a PDF of this fixture if anyone is would like one.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 01:14 AM

This is really helpful. Thanks a lot.
I’m going to favorite this for future use.

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 06:15 AM

Thank you for sharing. I would love a PDF copy I will dm you

-- Russ

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 01:02 PM

Well done. These hinges are a nice alternative to the machined side rail hinges for a really nice box providing they can be installed properly. Your template is the way to do that for all the folks wanting a classy hinge solution, but who find it difficult to figure out the jig.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 01:46 PM

great template idea. I see it works very well. thnx for posting

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 11:44 PM

Terrific job with your jig! I too find that the quadrant hinges on jewelry boxes. I too searched and searched for installation jigs without much success. Brusso does have jigs for two sizes of hinges and at one time Beale had a jig that I understand worked pretty well but no longer offers. I have had the project of making a jig for the smaller more affordable quadrant hinges that are available from various sources. I think I may still fiddle around with a jig but in the meantaime I plan to make one of yours and use. Thanks a lot for sharing!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 12:28 AM

Apparently Lee Valley is not supplying the #00D81.01 any more. Does any one know of another supply? Lee Valley was selling them for $2.80 a set.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 02:36 AM

A relatively new supplier of box hinges is Andrew Crawford of England UK.
Check out his web page. He is a box-maker extrordinaire and has started manufacturing these hinges with a patented hinge stop especially for boxes.
They are a little exy, but first grade quality at about 38quid a pair.
Ron in Hobart

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 05:36 PM

Nice work and helpful solution, now in my favs ! Thanks !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#9 posted 09-22-2011 03:16 PM

Thank you for the best layout and instructions found anywhere.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 03-17-2012 03:58 AM


I would like to receive a PDF copy of your great work on this template.
Thank you,
Rogger of Curitiba, Brasil

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 07:49 PM

Nice idea, I would also like a .pdf of your template. I bought my hinges from Rockler. Also, I noticed in your picture of your box, the interior compartment. I am in the process of making my first jewelry box and if you wouldn’t mind, could you share how you made the interior compartment?

-- Cy - Des Moines, IA

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#12 posted 08-04-2012 06:37 PM


I would like to get the PDF version if it is still available.


Jerry – Smithville, TN

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 01:59 PM

Great information. I’ve been struggling with getting an accurate installation.

Could you please send along the PDF?

Thank you!

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 06:13 PM

I get it! Ingenious way to handle mirror images. Thanks Jake.

-- tim hill

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#15 posted 10-05-2013 11:33 PM

This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks and could get a copy of the PDF

-- Rob, The Ranch

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