25 - Special Table Saw Issue, страница 14

25 - Special Table Saw Issue, страница 14


Hardware Tips

Here's a collection of great hardware tips to help you successfully complete your next project


□ It can be a real challenge cutting a mortise to fit a hinge. The quickest and easiest way I've found to do this is to use a handheld router and a couple of simple tricks.

The first trick ensures that the depth of the mortise will be perfect. Just set your router on two open hinges and adjust a straight bit to barely touch the workpiece, see Fig. 1.

The second trick allows you to support the router during a cut and guarantees the bottom of the mortise ends up flat. All you have to do is sandwich the workpiece between two scraps, see Fig. 2.


Magnetic Catches

S Most magnetic door catches consist of two parts: a magnet and a catch plate (or screw). To install one properly, two things must be done. First, the magnet has to be

seated straight in the hole and flush with the work surface. To do this, I guide the magnet in the hole "with a block of wood, see Fig. 1.

Second, in order for a door to stay closed, the catch must align


scrap pieces help support base of router

with the magnet. To ensure it does, I place the screw on the magnet, close the door, and tap the door with a no-mar hammer, see Fig. 2. The mark left behind indicates where to mount the catch.

straight bit


square up corners WITH chisel

depth of router bit equals thickness of hinge



use screw to mark location on inside of door for catch



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