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Small Tool Chest – Installing Hinges

Installing hinges has never been a difficult task as long as they are marked carefully and care is taken to chisel to the gauge lines, corners are cleaned well and the bottom is level. installing the screws is where my problems begin.




I used an awl to mark the center of the holes. drilled carefully, added soap to ease the screws in and installed 11 of twelve with no problem.However I must have shortchanged the brass gods; therefore the requisite broken screw AAAGGGHHHHHH!.


  1. January 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    any crap always happens. I know it. 😉

  2. January 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Yup .. its the screws and some times the drill bits that I’ve had trouble with .. breaking off in the hole and getting stuck. One solution for the screws is to use a similar sized steel screw to cut threads before installing the brass screws.

    I do this with all brass installations. Drill a pilot hole, put a little paste wax on the steel screw and use it to cut threads. Back out the steel screw ( And don’t use it too many times so that you can’t get it out). Put paste wax on the brass screw and very carefully install the screw.

    BTW, if you figure out how to get a broken brass screw out of the hole, I’d love to know how you do it.

  3. January 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Nice-looking hinge mortise you have there!

    I’ll second Marilyn’s suggestion of starting with steel screws of the same size. I haven’t tried paste wax, but I’ve used paraffin for starting screws.

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