Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wooden Hinges

This was the part of my current project that I was most looking forward to making: wooden hinges. I roughed out the pieces on the bandsaw and achieved the final shape with a Murphy carving knife and spokeshave. The facets created by the carving knife added to the handmade look that I was trying to replicate in the original cupboard. I don't know what tools the maker of the cupboard used, but the surfaces of the hinges and handle unit appeared (in the book) to be carved rather than planed, chiseled, or filed.

The last photo shows the hinge attached to the door. The design enables you to remove the door by lifting it up off the hinge pins.

Making these hinges was so much fun, I'll be on the lookout for other pieces that employed them.


Wyldth1ng said...


TekART said...

This is great. So, how are they attached, screws?

The Village Carpenter said...

I used wood dowels for all of the joinery. No metal at all.

I don't know what the technical terms are, but the strap part of the hinge that is attached to the door (with dowels) has a hole in the rounded end that fits over top of the hinge pin (the part that is attached to the carcase).

Hope that answered your question!