Some time back, I
volunteered to do a tutorial on installing quadrant
hinges on a box, such as a jewelry box, without
using a router.
I said the next time I built a
box, I'd document the installation of the quadrant
hinges in a tutorial. But I didn't have any plans to
build a small box so it was looking like the
tutorial would not occur for some time.
However, Scott Krallman
of Post Falls, ID volunteered to ship me a box he
made to use for the tutorial.
When he made his
offer, and I accepted, I didn't know what the box
looked like. Then he sent me some pictures -
What I discovered was that his box was a veneered
box and the decorative edging was wenge. The
difficulty with his veneer pattern is that if the
hinges are not put on exactly right, the veneer will
not line up and it'll be obvious that something's
wrong. The problem with the wenge trim is that
I'll have to cut through the wenge to install the
Wenge is a hard wood that splits fairly easily.
Not the easiest wood to work with. So
installing the hinges is going to be a challenge,
even more than usual when installing quadrant
Before I get into
discussing how to install the hinges, let me talk a
bit about how boxes are generally made - because the
technique I use depends upon the box being made this
way. Most boxes are made as a closed box first
(a cube), and then the top is cut off of the cube.
Doing it that way guarantees that the top is exactly
the same size as the bottom of the box, and that the
grain (or decoration) lines up.
When the box is built
this way, the first step is to make sure the top is
matched to the bottom, exactly the way it was cut
off of the bottom. This means that the top
will fit and the grain will match.
possible that when you made the box, it may have
been slightly out of square when you glued up.
If you put the top on correctly, no one will ever
notice. But if you reverse the top, you'll never get
the top to fit correctly - and the grain will not