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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-25-2015 04:45 PM 1892 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Door Frames - Tenoning work and glue-up Part 8 of A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL series Part 9: Hanging the Doors »

I didn’t get much done today as this is our shopping day. I did manage to get the hinges installed on the door frames though.

Yesterday after taking the door frames out of the clamps after the glue-up I needed to increase the frame thickness on the back of the frame to allow long enough hinge screws and also to somewhat reinforce the hinge area. This was done with simple wooden blocks glued and screwed to the frame. see below

Today wiith the reinforcements dry I could take the doors out to the shed to see if they would fit, and what do know, they did!

So on to the hinge installation. The first thing I did was to carefully mark out the locations with a pencil line from the actual hinges, then I used a knife cut just inside those lines to outline the area to be chiseled out. Here is the mortise after chiseling and the hinge screwed in place. See below

Most of you have probably installed more hinges than I will ever see, but here’s a little trick for those who might have struggled with hinge installations. The most difficult part is usually getting the holes centered. If you don’t, the hinge will not stay where it is supposed to or the screw will not seat properly into counter sink in the hinge blade. I use a countersink on my drill. You need one wide enough to self-center itself in the hinge blade hole. Just give it a spin and you have a nice little centered depression to guide your drill bit. see below

Here are the doors with all four hinges installed. Now I just have to do the mortises on the shed, yet another opportunity to botch the job!

I’m looking forward to getting a lot done tomorrow if the weather permits, so I hope I will be almost finished with the shed by day’s end and almost certainly finished by Saturday.

Thanks for following with!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 06:14 PM

Regarding the doors fitting, I’m like you – a bit surprised and thankful when things go according to plan.
PS – slow down a bit, I’m having trouble keeping up with your progress.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 06:49 PM

Nice work, Mike!!

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 07:35 PM

Looks very nice Mike.

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 08:06 PM

Excellent work Mike.
The hinge tip is appreciated, I usually fit them with a Vix bit but a countersink will be method to remember.
If incorporated in the skill set early its very usefull and there is one less tool required to purchase.

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 08:35 PM

So Thursday’s are for going out and buying all the tools and supplies needed, not a bad deal. ha ha
Progress is progress , don’t ask what I did yesterday.
I bought a self centering drill bit set years back and can’t believe I waited so long. Big big difference, especially on small hinges.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 06-25-2015 08:44 PM

That Is really coming on quite nicely. Quite handsome I think.

I forgot how you are going to do the door panels. Oh well, I will learn soon enough.

This has been fun to watch,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 06-26-2015 02:48 AM

Gonna be grillin up some ribs in that nice garage soon. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 08:30 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. A little outdoor shed isn’t the most interesting project, so I thought you might at least find some enjoyment in seeing some of the work details.

Dave I should have said that there are multiple ways to center those hinge holes. Another way is to use a brad bit the same diameter as the screw hole in the hinge and just give it a light tap with a hammer. I don’t have easy access to all those nice specialty tools like self-centering bits unless I order them on the net and pay a lot of freight.

My shopping day is with my wife and it includes spending a lot of time in clothing stores, shoe stores, grocery stores, and a host of other non-essential type stores. I enjoy spending time with my wife, but it would be a lot more fun doing it in tool stores.

Steve I can well understand your confusion about the doors. I have changed my mind about them several times. I was going to have the panelling on the outside for practical purposes, but after seeing the doors frames inserted for a test fit I changed my mind (again) and decided to have the frames showing with the panels on the back. Women do not have a monopoly on being fickle!

Roger If the weather continues like it has been so far this summer those ribs might have to wait. One thing I would really like would be a rotisserie attachment, but they don’t sell them here. I remember back in the 50’s and 60’s that most outdoor grills, even the cheap ones came equipped with one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-26-2015 10:55 PM

Coming along great Mike!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 04:36 PM

Very nice :) I think I am going to be more active on Lumberkjocks over the coming weeks.

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 05:19 PM

Thanks. It’s finished now and you can see it in the projects pages.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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