Rout Perfect Hinge Mortises
A simple jig guarantees headache-free installation
Synopsis: When building a hinged box, it can be tough to get the mortises right. Any misalignment in the top or bottom mortise can cause binding or a gap. This simple jig eliminates the worry, giving you hinge mortises that are the right size and aligned perfectly. Made from MDF, it uses a constant reference face to ensure accuracy. Each jig is sized to fit a particular hinge, but it’s easy, so you can make multiple ones.
If you’ve ever built a box with a hinged top, you know how tough it is to get the hinge mortises right. Any misalignment in the top or bottom mortise can cause the hinge to bind or leave a gap between the top and bottom when the box is closed. I’ve made a lot of hinged boxes, and I used to have trouble with the hinge mortises whether I cut them by…