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11-30-2010 05:43 AM

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I broke off a couple brass hinge screws, about a 1/2” long in a keepsake box I am making. Any ideas on how to get them out without destroying anything? Thanks.

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 06:09 AM

you can either drill them out with a drill bit that matches the dia of the threads and then use one size bigger screw to install the hinge wit ( you might have to modify the countersink hole on the hinge to set the larger screw heads) or file them flush and buy a longer hinge that is the same width as you current ones and just cover the old hole up

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 06:19 AM

Drill out the old screw. Then size the hole to fit a wooden dowell. Glue in the dowell and flush cut the dowell. Sand the surface. Drill a pilot hole for the new hinge screw.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 03:12 PM

The best product I’ve found is the grabit-pro-screw-extractor.
Once you have ruined a piece or spent too much time trying to remove a broken screw, you’ll keep these in your tool kit. Works great.

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 04:17 PM

This is for when you put in the next screw. I finally had enough of breaking brass screws that I now drive a steel screw of the same size first. I do not drive the steel screw down tight, but almost all the way in. Remove the steel screw. Then carefully line up the brass threads with the threads formed by the steel screw. No more busted brass screws!

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 04:31 PM

If you have a set of plug cutters, you can make a plug of the same wood to fill the hole you make. If you can, remove the screw before drilling the hole for the plug, the job will be a lot cleaner looking.

If this is a nice box, take a piece of scrap and put in a couple of screws and break them off. Fix the scrap to where it looks the way you want before going back to the box. Practicing on a nice piece can give you a bigger piece of scrap.

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 05:06 PM

Get a set of screw extractors from Woodworkers Supply

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 05:07 PM

Try these-":

Edit: Dave beat me to it!

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 07:42 PM

thanks everybody. Though the screw extractors look like a great solution, i probably won’t be dropping 40 bucks this close to christmas on a set. I never have much luck on drilling out either, so ill probably try to dig it out enough to get a set of pliers on it. But I will keep all of these ideas in mind for the future.

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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