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#1 posted 04-13-2009 11:55 PM

I would do it the way that Doug Stowe does it in his boxes book, which is a fantastic book. He uses a strip of wood that he cuts to the exact length of the box’s width, then he notches it out toward one end of the stick using the table saw and miter gauge to match the hinge’s width, and fitting the hinge into the notch until it is slightly snug. Then he take a straight big in a router table, and uses the stick to set up the fence and stop blocks on both ends of the router fence.

Once you’re set up you just lower the box lid and/or carcass (whichever you’re mortising) onto the bit while holding it against a stop block, then move it left to complete the width of the cut. You’ll repeat the process using the same stick, but set up the stop blocks to do the other hinge.

I’m not sure how well I explained that, but with the photos and instructions in the book I think you’ll want to give it a try.

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