Door fits, hinges ready, so far we’re smiling! everything 5 by 5
Now, we just have to fix those hinges. Yes, now accuracy is of greatest importance. This is the time where we have one shot (again!).
So we have to insert the hinges again and turn the door on its face (the outside) so we are looking at the rebate side. We then using a pencil make a mark on the back side how far the hinges need to be, take the hinge out and line up the mark with the edge of the frame (inside).
So now take a pencil and mark the holes where they need to be drilled for the screws.
By the way, we do this all for both bottom and top hinges.
Ok another thing I would like to point out is that for your on site (montage) tool tote two things definetly should be bought and left just for this pupose: a good drill index, and nicely varied bit set, these are mine… I just wanted to share this because nothing is lost easier than bits and drill bits, and this is something I hate to do and you probably all are familiar with, namely, “where did that bit go, ah man, cant find it!”
So put the proper drill bit in your drill, in this case since the screws are 3.0 mm diameter, we need around a 2 mm bit, 2,5 will work better with hard woods.
We have to make sure we do not drill though the front of the door, I like to “choke up” on the drill bit. By this I mean I mount the drill bit far inside the chuck of the drill so only the depth of the hole is what sticks out of the front of the drill. This is a fast and fool proof method of a depth gauge in small situations like our door project here. Of course you can use masking tape or an actual ‘drill mounted’ depth guage, but this is quicker and works great. Hey, each to their own! Or as the Navy SEAL’s say, KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid!)
Now drill those holes!
Ok now to make this a profesionel piece, we should sink the screws so they are exactly flush with the frame.
I perfer this kind of sinker, it cuts instead of “rubbing” out the wood… it works great, but are not cheap so keep an eye on it, or it will grow legs!
I have a stubby bit holder, and I find they work great, save space and if a good quality one like this WiHa model, are comfortable to use.
You can do this with a drill, but I like doing with the hand, i want this to look good and the extra 3 minutes it takes are worth it.
So after I have checked that the holes are properly sinked and the screws pass, I grab the proper bit,
And carefully turn in the screws, of course with the hinges inserted.
That looks good.
The finished back. You see here the real beauty of these hinges… well the fact that you do not see them! Just the screws… As mentioned, in theory you could use dowels, or nails, in fact nails were used back before screws became a mass produced product or available.
From the side
So thats it… the door closes properly and is straight. Well almost, Its missing the knob. This is a relatively easy task, now all the fun work already finished. ;-) I have a couple tricks though that make this job quick and easy… but I will post them in the final blog of this series. Thanks for reading and I will get on the next one soon!
-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine