March 2011

Fine box making in the Shropshire hills
March 2011

Fine Decorative Boxes

smartHinge now available in US

This is a brief notification directed at all my US newsletter subscribers patiently waiting for smartHinge to be available in US. It is now available – please click here
to place your order. Currently delivery to US is around three weeks. Please email me if you have any queries.

Apologies to anyone either not in US or who’s not interested in hinges for whatever reason [someone interested in boxes who’s NOT interested in hinges? … surely not!]. If I could pluck all the US subscribers from the list and send only to them I would – but that’s not an option, seemingly – so sending the newsletter to everyone is the most expedient way …

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some recent UK reviews:

“For professionals in a hurry, or home woodworkers frustrated by ill-fitting lids, smartHinge is a revelation, a real Eureka moment … worth the cost for a quality result. They will transform your boxes and boxmaking.”

[from Nick Gibbs’ ‘British Woodworking‘ review, January 2011 issue]

“Why hasn’t someone thought of this before? This is a phrase that is often quoted when a breakthrough occurs in almost every field of human expertise and it is certainly true of the  … Fitting these hinges is very straightforward and easy …”

[from Robert Ingham’s review in Furniture & Cabinetmaking
, March 2011 issue – click here for the full review]

Doug Stowe will be reviewing smartHinge in Fine Woodworking
in the next few months, and has also kindly offered to do a review on his blog.

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smartHinge is incredibly easy to fit:

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All that’s needed is a table-mounted router. If you are doing small scale work and you aren’t already using a table-mounted router – you should be! Now may well be the time to change – I promise you will NOT regret it, not only for fitting smartHinge but for many other small tasks!

If you would like to read the full version of the fitting instructions they are here – this page is not yet accessible from the smartHinge website.

some feedback from users:

The hinges arrived safely and have been installed. So easy to work with and look really great – they add a new dimension to a box. Will send another order in due course. Congratulations
TD – Australia.

“I have now successfully installed smartHinges on my first box. As you say they are very easy to instal and the end-result is extremely elegant.”

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next newsletter

My next full newsletter, with news of the new Veritas corner jig amongst many other topics, will be in April.

Thank you. Andrew Crawford.