Attaching Hinges To A Jewelry Box
This subject is probably very basic to even a moderately experienced woodworker. Here is a description of the issue. After the top has been cut off of a jewelry box it is time to install hinges. At this point, as I see it, I have three options. First, the simpilest thing to do is to simply install the hinges flat on the outside faces of both the top and the bottom of the box. This leaves the hinges raised above the surface of the back of the box. This does not require much expertise. The next approach would be to cut recesses into the faces of the area where the hinges reside, and the third would be to cut the recesses into the top edge of the bottom part of the box and matching recesses into the bottom edge of the top of the box. This will cause only the barrels of the hinges to be visable when the box is closed.
Cutting the recesses is where the rub comes in of course. i have tried several appraches to this but so far I have not found a method that really works well for me.
When cutting the recesses into the edges of the top and bottom of the box with a straight bit was my first approach. What happened was that the bit would cut a nice clean cut edge on the side of the bit that rotates into the wood as it is fed into the bit, but on the other side of the bit where the cutter is going with the feed, the cut is less than desirable, by that I mean that the cut is not clean and sharp. This can be remeied by doing a complete new set up for the other edge of the cut, but doing this becomes very tricky, or at least it has for me.
When I have tried to cut recesses into the faces of the back and top of the box, I have used a one eighth inch straight bit with stops on the fence to restrict the cutting area, but getting the cuts on the bottom and the top of the box to match perfectly has caused me to scratch my head. In other words, cutting these recesses has proved to be a real challenge. I suspect that I can eventually figure it out, but I am just wondering if anybody has any ideas that would shed some light on this subject.