Progressively better morticing…

…now I’m the king of the swingers; a jungle VIP…

To cut the mortices for the hinges, first mark out with a pencil…

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Then knife in the lines. This helps get a crisp edge when finished…

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Also scribe a line for depth on the side…

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Then begin chopping with the chisel…

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…until most of the waste has been removed. I’m staying away from the knifed edges at this stage. There’s some tearout at the bottom end and top right edge due to slicing against the grain. This maple seems prone to tearout if one isn’t careful, or too agressive…

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Finally, the chisel is dropped into the knifed lines and the sides cleaned up. Leaving a narrow sliver to last means that the sliver is the weak point and will give way to pressure from the chisel, rather than the chisel bruising the finished edge…

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The tearout is annoying but doesn’t really matter. We’re not doing fine cabinet work here. It’s a useful red flag to be more careful, though. Next, I scribed lines and cut a rebate to take the barrel of the hinge…

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…so the hinge drops in nicely like this…

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More holes next. Always with holes…

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