Quadrant Hinges and a Lock Elevate Any Box
With their built-in stop, quadrant hinges make any box look and function much better
Synopsis: Install quadrant hinges for the final, elegant touch on Adrian Ferrazzutti’s veneered box. With their built-in stop, quadrant hinges make any box look and function much better. A mortised lock and escutcheon turn this box into a true heirloom.
From Fine Woodworking #207
Perhaps the fussiest aspect of making my contrasting veneer box (see pp. 56-63) is installing the quadrant hinges and, to a lesser extent, the lock. While you could eliminate the lock and substitute a nice pair of butt hinges with a positive stop, it’s worth going the extra mile to make this box the best it can be. With their stop built in, quadrant hinges make any box look and function much better. A mortised-in lock and escutcheon create a true heirloom.
Quadrant hinges reward precise installation: The trickiest part is getting the hinges dialed into position so that the lid closes dead flush on…