Installing Butt Hinges

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Forum topic by Bags posted 10-22-2008 03:31 PM 1111 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2008 03:31 PM

If this has been covered before please excuse me but it is driving me crazy.

I have been building smaller toy chests and using butt hinges to attach the tops. I have been having a harder time than I think I should installing the hinges so that the top lines up with the bottom. Are there any tried and true steps that I should follow to make sure that I install them correctly the first time!

Thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 10-23-2008 01:27 AM

Have you tried double sided sticky tape to temporarily hold the hinges in place so you could mark the locations?

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

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#2 posted 10-23-2008 04:29 AM

Get some 1/2” plywood or mdf, two pieces 1 1/2 to 2” wide. attach them to each other brads, tape or whatever, cut them the same length as your door. Now cut out where the hinge goes same distance in from both ends, take the two pieces apart put them back together at 90 degrees to each other. Get your router and a small hinge bit with a bearing. The jig should be the same length as your, clamp it to your door flush to the ends,, route in the hinges. Put the same jig on your face frame with a shim under it the thickness of your intended gap, route in the hinges. If you make your jig right they should easily line up every time.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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