Knife Hinges on the Router Table
Clever template ensures matching mortises
Synopsis: These practically invisible hinges work well for cabinet doors because they are long-lasting and don’t detract from the beauty of the wood. But for them to work correctly, the mortises in the cabinet must be cut before it is glued together, and the installation must be precise. This can be tedious and risky with a chisel or plunge router, so instead, Doug Stowe swears by a method using a simple template and router table. The template is used to set up the router table for all of the hinge mortises, in both the case and doors, ensuring fast, accurate mortises every time.
I like knife hinges for cabinet doors because they’re practically invisible, so they don’t detract from the beauty of the piece. They also work smoothly and wear well over time. But there’s a downside. The cabinet mortises for the hinges must be cut before the cabinet…