Making Wooden Hinges


Wooden Hinges Diagram
Rough out the hingesStep 1:Rough out the hinges. Start by making two photocopies of the right view hinge pattern. Attach the patterns to the hinge blank using the glue stick. Cut out this profile on the scroll saw.

Attach the other pattern to the opposite side (so you know where to drill, see Step 2).

Drill hole half way through the hingeStep 2:Drill an 1/8″-diameter hole half way through the hinge blank where marked on the pattern. The dimple from the center punch will help to line the drill bit up properly.

Support the hinge with a block of wood. Then turn the blank over and drill another hole where the diagonals connect. Drill deep enough to meet the hole drilled in the other side.

Follow the same procedure to drill the hinge-pin hole on the opposite end.

Cut out the hinge barrelsStep 3:Cut out the hinge barrels. Attach the top view pattern to the hinges and cut along the solid lines.

Do not separate the hinge halves until Step 6.

Round over the hingeStep 4:Round over Side A of the hinge using a detail sander or belt sander. Then round off one corner of Side B—leave the other corner square.

The square corner will act as a natural stop and prevent the hinge from opening more than 100° to 110°.

Enlarge the hinge-pin holeStep 5:Mark one of the two hinge barrels on Side A with an “x.” Use a 9/64″-diameter bit to enlarge the hinge-pin hole on that side a little bit.

Do not enlarge hinge-pin hole in the other hinge barrel on Side A. Then reverse the hinge and use the 9/64″-diameter drill bit to enlarge the hinge-pin hole in Side B.

Step 6:Cut the hinge in half following the lines on the pattern.
Dry assemble the hingesStep 7:Dry assemble the hinges, following the hinge assembly diagram, using a nail that fits loosely through the holes.

You want to make sure that the hinge opens the proper amount and doesn’t catch or bind at any point.

Sand those areas until the hinge opens freelyStep 8:Mark any places where the hinges bind.

Sand those areas until the hinge opens freely.

Assemble the hingesStep 9:Assemble the hinges using an 1/8″-diameter dowel. Glue the dowel in place using wood glue.

Trim off any overhanging dowel with the scroll saw and sand the area smooth.


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