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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 04-14-2009 07:18 AM

Hey Bob – I use that Beall jig for quadrants only. They do have separate plates (pictured) that are available for the Brusso range as well as the round back-mounted Nonpareil hinge (most available on the Beall website, although they have seemed to have cut back on their Brusso availability).

from JR Beall's Web Catalog

The only jig I normally use for regular hinges is a hunk of MDF with two notches cut with the miter gauge on the TS to the height of the half-leaf minus the knuckle that hangs out of the back of the box. I strike a centerline on the jig, and on the lid and box. I put sandpaper on the bottom to help hold it in position, and use a hinge routing bearing bit to cut the mortises. Lid first then the box. I have a pair of Brusso jigs for the radius-edged back-mounted stop hinges, (GmbH).

and they cut top and bottom mortises at once, and it looks very similar to the drawing Kirk made.

I am appealing to better angels of my nature by resisting any jokes involving the name of this company and what they may or may not know about tools.
As a sidelight, though, they refer to a quadrant hinge as a “Casket Belt”.

Very interesting (feel free to use a big, broad Henry Gibson/Laugh-In German accent here).
I know that I am dating myself by remembering that schtick, but since I got pounded for the “Little Dab’ll Do Ya” reference the other day, I’m pretty sure the cat is out of the bag vis-a-vis my geezerhood.

I haven’t tried the Doug Stowe Flip stick method, but if the top and bottom are exactly the same size it should work well. It was featured on page 55 of the November-December 2008 issue of FWW, in the article “A Better Way to Build Boxes”

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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