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Two Tips for Installing Hinges
Installing a door on its hinges can be one of the trickiest parts of building a cabinet. Here are a couple tips I've used in the past to help install a cabinet door with less hassle.


Steel Woodscrews
During the installation process, I often end up putting on and taking off the door a few times. And one added frustration I try to avoid is breaking one of the screws.


Installing Hinges So until I'm satisfied with the fit of the door, I only put one screw in each leaf, as shown in the photo. And instead of brass screws, I temporarily substitute steel screws, since they're less likely to break.

Finally, when it's time to add the other screws, I run steel screws in and out of the pilot holes first. This way, the steel screws cut the threads for the brass screws.


Installing Hinges Thin Shims
If a hinge mortise is cut too deep, there may not be enough of a gap between the door and the cabinet. As you can see in the photo at left, a quick fix for this is to add a paper or thin cardboard shim.


A shim also comes in handy if the gap between the door and the cabinet tapers from top to bottom. This time, though, you'll only shim one of the mortises.

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