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This is the Rob Corson dowel hinge.



With a bullnose or ball router bit on a router table the size of the dowel, route a 1/4 round slot in the back of lid and back of box. Set the fence at the center of the bit diameter and run the top and the box through. The fence can be set in or out to suit the particular box and how wide the lid opens.

Take a dowel the same size as the router bit and cut lengths to suit the length of the box, they can be the same length or different lengths. Drill a hole in the center of the dowel the size of the pin. The pin can be metal rod, or wooden dowels.

Assemble the dowels on the rod, and adjust to the length of the box,marking the positions of the dowel segments on the box and the top.

Put a little glue on every other segment on the box. MAKE SURE THE GLUE HAS ROOM TO SQUEEZE OUT AND NOT SQUEEZE INTO THE NEXT DOWEL SPACE. Carefully lay the assembled dowel hinge onto the glue. Carefully set the top on and lightly clamp down

When the glue is dry lift off the top and spin the every other dowel. Then apply a small amount of glue onto the free spinning segments of dowels allowing for squeeze out of the glue. carefully set the top on and clamp lightly. Allow the glue to dry.

After the glue has set, gently open the box. The Joy you feel when the box opens is beyond description, the sinking feeling if it doesn't is beyond printing. Only had one that didn't open, and I have done a lot of them.

You can also wax the pin,if you so desire.

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excellent tutorial Herb..

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The hardest part is drilling the hole centered in the dowel segment. the drill wants to follow the grain. I used my Incra hinge jig on this one.

Before the best way I found is this.
Use 1" long metal pins, (from 8d nails, brazing rod,etc. any 1/8"dia. rod) and drill the dowel segments 1/2"deep from each end. The pins don't have to touch. This is easy way to center the pins in the dowels. once they are glued up, they can not come apart.

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Herb this is an excellent description of the process. I've been working so much at setting up the shop I haven't taken time to really do any projects other than shop storage and organization. This looks like a good project to switch up on and do something different. I looked at Incra's hinge jig back some time and the price wasn't so bad and I already have the I-Box jig but the cost of the bit set was darn near triple the jig cost. It's a wish list item but this certainly shows another approach. Thanks for bringing this back to mind again. Who knew retirement could be so difficult sometimes?

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An excellent photoshoot and the method is so different to the one that our late member Bob Jergens, the forums master jig maker used.
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An excellent photoshoot and the method is so different to the one that our late member Bob Jergens, the forums master jig maker used.
Thanks Harry, I wish I could take credit for it, but I bought a DVD that the Canadian Rob Corson made of making concealed hinges back in 2005. Since then I have made dozens of boxes with this type of hinge, it is quite easy to do, and fun.
I have even made dowels of the same wood as the box, on these I used an off the shelf dowel.

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Herb this is an excellent description of the process. I've been working so much at setting up the shop I haven't taken time to really do any projects other than shop storage and organization. This looks like a good project to switch up on and do something different. I looked at Incra's hinge jig back some time and the price wasn't so bad and I already have the I-Box jig but the cost of the bit set was darn near triple the jig cost. It's a wish list item but this certainly shows another approach. Thanks for bringing this back to mind again. Who knew retirement could be so difficult sometimes?

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Steve, you don't have to have the set, I use the TS for the box joints, and the router table for the round over.

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Beautiful box, and a great tutorial, Herb. For the lazy (me), do you know anywhere to buy hollow wooden dowels? I'm not currently set up to very accurately center drill solid dowels.

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Beautiful box, and a great tutorial, Herb. For the lazy (me), do you know anywhere to buy hollow wooden dowels? I'm not currently set up to very accurately center drill solid dowels.
Lee Valley sold them in the past as a way to plug extracted screw hole and ream the holes with a tapered reamer and sharpen the 5/16" dia. hollow dowel with the pencil sharpener,(matches the taper on the reamer), then glue in the reamed out hole. These were wooden pencil blanks w/o the lead. Don't know if they still handle these, I bought a hand full a while back.

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Lee Valley sold them in the past as a way to plug extracted screw hole and ream the holes with a tapered reamer and sharpen the 5/16" dia. hollow dowel with the pencil sharpener,(matches the taper on the reamer), then glue in the reamed out hole. These were wooden pencil blanks w/o the lead. Don't know if they still handle these, I bought a hand full a while back.

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