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Semicircular Butler Hinge Jig

Hi. I couldn't find this in a search of the forum.

I like working with butler hinges that at the opposite ends of the center hinge are semicircular. Which quality brand I use is not much concern: I'll use any competitively priced one.

Does anyone know of a router jig designed to work with a particular brand of just such hinges, including a guide for the deeper cuts closer to the hinge point for the deeper wood real estate taken up by the hinge?

Thanks.
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Do an entire web search for "butler hinge template" lots of information out there.

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I thought it would be easy to find. a web search didn't turn up
much of anything useful.
back in the '80s I was doing a lot of work on boats and I had a
plastic jig for brass butler hinges. I have no idea where I got it from
or what happened to it. at that time, I was buying a lot of speciality
items from Constantine's. but I don't see it there now.
you may have to send some email enquiries to different supply houses.
let us know what you find !!

Edit: with a little tweaking, you could make your own jig to suit your
individual needs out of some 3/4" thick solid material for your router.

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This is a start:

https://www.routerforums.com/tools-w...ray-hinge.html

Some of the links are dead so you have to do a bit of searching, for example the link to the template is dead so you will have to search on Rocklers site to find it.

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Thank you all for your ideas, some of which, out of respect for your time I tried first before coming here. : - )
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Dis you try

https://www.vandykes.com/

They seem to have everything.

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Couldn't find a commercially made jig .....

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Hi. I couldn't find this in a search of the forum.

I like working with butler hinges that at the opposite ends of the center hinge are semicircular. Which quality brand I use is not much concern: I'll use any competitively priced one.

Does anyone know of a router jig designed to work with a particular brand of just such hinges, including a guide for the deeper cuts closer to the hinge point for the deeper wood real estate taken up by the hinge?

Thanks.
https://woodworker.com/solid-brass-b...su-872-287.asp

The closest I came was instructions on how to make a hinge mortising template from here:
http://www.woodsmithtips.com/2017/12...hinge-mortise/
Apparently there are different size radii on the hinges, so a custom template would be necessary for your particular size hinges. The barrel of the hinge is deeper and has square corners, so a router bit will only partially complete the hinge pocket. Hand chiseling the corners will be required.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Thank you for the reference to Trend brand products.

I did indeed encounter them in a search prior to your suggestion and didn't find any of their otherwise well designed and extensive template shapes to "fit the bill." It's the semi-circular nature of the end of the butler hinges I seek to use that seems to be the thing that thwarts my attempts at purchasing product to accomplish my needs.

Likely, I'll just make my own template by tracing a butler hinge, increasing the size of the cutout by the radius of a router bit's guide wheel and use that as my homemade template.

Cheers.
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