Breadbox Class #7: The hinges

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 01-31-2012 08:27 AM 7302 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Someone mention not being able to do a good job installing hinges so I hope this helps. I tried to make it as straight forward as I could.

Here are the hinges I used. I just picked them up at Lowes. Also in the picture are some rubber feet I used to keep it in place and from scuffing up the counter top.

I mounted the hinges 1 1/2” from each end.

Then I clamped a small piece of wood to the bottom to give me a good edge to line things up with.

What you want to do is to have the pin in the hinge centered on the edge of the bottom. Using another hinge as a spacer worked for me.

I used a sharp pencil to mark for the holes.

Then I center marked the holes with a awl.

Then drilled a hole for the screws I would be using.

When I put the screws in I leave them loose until all three are in.

Then I tighten them one at a time. If one of the screws make the hinge go crooked then loosen it and use what ever combination of screws that make it straighten up. Usually by adjusting the screws you can put the hinge on nice and straight.

If not leave them loose until you have all 6 screws in and try again using all of them.

Then I just used the package the hinges came in to set the gap for the lid.

Then mark the holes, drill and install like before.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 08:50 AM

Good to see you back!

What have you been doing?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 03:19 PM

I hate hinges.
Thanks for taking the time to make it seem relaxed.

Lookin’ good,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 04:09 PM

Thanks Gary for the tour. These tips might help a lot of us.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 04:39 PM

Thanks, Gary!

Hinges always give me a fit.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 06:51 PM

Great info! Thx for taking the time.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 05:01 AM

Great tips!

-- Jesse --

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 02:49 PM

Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way. This is what I’m best at.

-- It isn't always about being fast or even accurate that counts, it's being willing

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