Slots for kerf hinges

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Forum topic by grego posted 09-25-2012 08:32 PM 3635 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2012 08:32 PM

Can slots for slot/kerf hinges like this…
be created accurately enough for small boxes with non-powered tools?

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 07:53 AM

That would depend largely on the skill of the person doing it.

I wouldn’t attempt it, not because of the potential to mess it up, but because they are designed to be put into a biscuit slot, and I know my biscuit jointer would do that in 2 seconds and be perfect.

If you haven’t got a biscuit jointer, you could get a biscuit jointer router bit for a few dollars. If you haven’t got a router, take it to a friend who has a biscuit jointer or a router, if you haven’t got any woodworking friends, do it by hand. You could always practice on a bit of scrap first to determine if you’re up to it.

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 10:23 AM

I just started working with these. The slot cutter is quite awkward. At a Doug Stowe workshop, he used them but had an older bosch cutter. The new cutter that they sell leaves a slit that is approx 1/2 inch larger than the hinge but I think it is by design. I can’t imagine how you would cut them without a drill press or a router table. I too would love to know if anyone has a system for this. They take lots of practice with the aforementioned slot cutter.

By the way… the hinges are too thin for a biscuit jointer blade.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 08:00 PM

Thanks for the info renners and ellen!

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