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This page gives an in depth look at how I fit the Brusso quadrant hinges I use for a lot of the boxes I make. The example shown is an oak jewellery box veneered with burr oak.

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The first thing to do is set my marking gauges up. This is a piece of scrap beech which is the same thickness as the box sides. I set the gauges up on a scrap piece before marking the box.
marking out on test piece
paring away waste to check hinge fit

I have set two gauges to mark where the inner and outer edges of the hinges will sit on the box sides and I chisel out the waste for a test fit.

A test fit showing the hinge fitting snugly.
marking out hinges on box side
I can begin to mark out the box now. This gauge is marking the outer edge of the hinge.
This gauge is marking out the inner edge for the hinge.
marking out hinges on box side
marking out hinge on box back
Here I am marking out the position of the hinge at the back. I aim for the knuckle of the hinge to be in line with the back edge of the box.
I use a router to cut away the waste material. One slip here and the box is ruined.
removing most of the waste material with a router
hinge recess after router
This image shows how I have routered out the waste just shy of the marks made by the marking gauge.
The next stage is to clean out the waste up to the gauge mark. I use a sharp chisel which sits in the thin groove left by the marking gauge.
cleaning up hinge recess
Then I chisel out the the inner side.
I use a carving chisel to form the radius on the inner edge of the hinge.
cleaning up recess
marking out hinge
After cleaning up to the line left by the gauge I sit the hinge in position and mark round the curved parts with a scalpal.
I then use a curved carving chisel to remove the waste up to the scalpal line.
cleaning up hinge recess
checking the fit
After removing all the waste I see what the fit is like.
I then form a groove with a router to accept the stay part of the hinge.
showing groove for stay
drilling holes for screws
Finally I drill the holes for the brass screws.
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