|Hand Crafted Lid Pull of Leopardwood|
|Both Lids with Pull|
To start the process, each end of the piece of Leopardwood was rounded over with a file and sandpaper. Figured it would be easier that way, keeping the piece long for the preliminary work. Next the thickness of the lid was scribed onto it with the marking gauge.
|Lid Thickness (lines darkened with pencil)|
To mark the thickness of this lap joint I could have used the marking gauge but decided that since the router plane was adjusted for that, why not use it to mark that dimension as well?
|Router Plane used as Marking Gauge|
|Lines Set for Thickness|
|Chiseling To Saw Kerfs|
|Working to Depth|
|Ready to be Cut Loose!|
|1" Hinge Template for Pull Mortise|
I'm using a new hinge (to me) that is available from Rockler. It's a reasonably priced brass hinge that has built in stops to allow the hinge to stay open 105 degrees. So far they seem to be suitable and a far cry from the $30.00 or so Brusso offerings. I'll use them on fine jewelry boxes or a custom instrument case but the average client would not want to pay for that added cost. They are wonderful to work with though. Thick brass castings, extremely close tolerances on the knuckles, tight pins, and a beautiful finish.
Installing the hinges begins with the trim router and a bearing guided bit. After locating the template it's an easy process to carefully route them out. Note that the template is maybe a sixteenth of an inch smaller than the hinge length. This gives me a little bit of room for final chiseling of the mortise.
There are a couple of things I do when I fit hinges. Since there could be a little bit of variation when using the template I'll set the small combination square for the distance from the outside of the box/lid to the hinge. Since the router bit leaves a radiused corner the square is used to guide the chisel and square that side of the mortise. Remember that the template is undersized for the hinge so by squaring each mortise the same distance from the outside of the box, installation should by correct.
So now there are two questions. First of all, will the client like the lid pull and secondly, is the hand process of making it worth it? I'll let you answer that on your own but for me it's a resounding YES. Very little I enjoy more than the hours spent in the shop creating what I hope will be a nice project.