I was debating with myself how I was going to cut the long stopped groove for the machine hinges (2). Should I excavate them by hand or power? Router or drill press? In the end being solid maple I opted to go with power :-)
Since I long got rid of my Sears fixed router, I currently only have a small 1/4 Bosch Colt trim router. Plenty powerful, but I do not have many bits for it and the size required would have necessitated numerous pass to cut a wide enough and deep enough groove. Noisy, noisy, so I went with the drill press and a Forstner bit. Much faster and quieter :-)
Why a Forster bit? Because it is one of the few bits that can cut overlapping holes, even at an angle.
Sizing up the proper bit.
1/2 inch it is.
After setting the depth stop on the quill...
a series of holes are drilled.
The fence interfered with the drill's column, so I free handed it
A quick clean up with a chisel. Then cut the opening wider at the
mouth to allow the hinge to swing fully up.
Once one hinge was installed, I doubled checked my spacing
with the machine, then cut the other one.
Using a small gimlet I predrilled for the screws
One last check with the sewing machine, everything OK, but it doesn't fit right in the large opening on the top, since I now need to trim it a bit.
More markings and more trimming later, everything fit as it should.
Including the smaller flip board up front. I had to cut a rabbet deeper on the front flip panel front edge to sink the machine lower up front.
Then realized that the back was sitting a bit lower than the top?
Checked the older top, it was a bit thinner, cut a recess for the hinges, that lowered the hinges in the top low enough to raise the back of the machine up.
Now need to fill the previous holes, and
Then do some veneer patching, near the hinges and by the small flip up board.
Reattach the top and fix the top surface.
Not done yet. Now need to ensure there is some support holding the machine in the lowered position. Otherwise, the machine is hanging only by two pins secured by a set screw on the pin's shaft of the hinges. I would not put all my trust in that.
Not sure what I can do, most cabinet I looked at seems to only hang the machine by these 2 posts ? Whatever I do must not interfered with the sewer's legs under the cabinet. And if there is room, maybe a drip guard for the machine oil...
Machine flipped down
View from under, I want to put some thing to restrict it.
It is only holding by a set screw on the rear posts (2).
Although the top is solid wood, I put in couple of solid wood patch to hide a couple boo-boos on the top. Good practice for later work on a few more of my wife cabinets :-)
Need to sand the top and refinished.
Then deliver to happy friend.
Bob, modding sewing machine cabinet