Why don’t the high end brass hinges for boxes, small cabinets, etc. come with screws? The hinges are great but this makes you go out and find the correct sized brass screw. And the screws are too damn soft and break off.
I’m not trying to be a brute with them. I drill an appropriate sized pilot hole on a test piece of wood first to make sure the screw will glide in and out without breaking. I usually tap the hole with a steel screw to be on the safe side. And then I screw the brass screws in by hand on the project and about half the time they break when their just about to seat.
Then ya got to extract the screw, use a wood plug to till the space and start all over again. And when it’s a narrow piece, like a 1/2” or so piece the screw extractor comes dangerously close to blowing out the sides of the box or what ever it is that you’re connecting the hinges to. Or if it’s the hinge mortise you might have a semi-circular break one of your clean mortise walls. If you’re lucky your project isn’t ruined by this.
I’m ready to give up on brass hinges and screws.
-- Just a man with his chisel.........