If you have been following the blog, you know that I have made wooden hinges for boxes using the Leigh F3 finger joint template on the D4R Pro jig. However, you can use any of the Leigh finger joint templates on its corresponding jig to make these!
I consolidated my experience in a PDF document, in two parts:
- Part 1 shows why I changed from hand-cut finger joints to making the joints with the F3 template; bottom line: I can prepare blanks for several hinges in a fraction of the time it takes me to cut one by hand.
- Part 2 shows the joint made with rounded hinges, for improved presentation and appearance; this is a much better hinge than the plain-vanilla hinges. However, I believe there is room for simpler, and also for more decorative hinges in box-making.
This new procedure is posted on the Leigh Customer Support page, under the Technical Documents section. I have linked the image below to the Costumer Support section at the Leigh web site – click on the image below:
In the document I included links back to the blog, in the event someone wishes to review the original articles posted here.
My requests to you:
- Please let me know if you download and use the procedure.
- Which jig(s) do you use?
- If you improve on the procedure, please let me know – I would love to try the improved procedure, and will include your work in the document, for everyone to share.
- If you don’t like the procedure, I also would like to know why and, more specifically, what you don’t like about it.
- Play with both simple and more complex hinges, and create your own forms and shapes as much as you wish!
- Oh, lest I forget – PLEASE, share your results!
I am glad you are interested in making wooden hinges using finger joints!
— Al Navas
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