Do I add hinges or finish box first?

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Forum topic by TX_1234 posted 05-08-2015 10:35 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2015 10:35 PM

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I am building a small hinged box and don’t know if it is best to install the hinges before or after finishing the wood. If I install after finishing, then I’d have to resand/refinish if the box is out-of-alignment once the hinges are installed. If I install hinges before finishing, then I can always sand the lid/box flush at the edges, but the sanding/finishing is cumbersome because I don’t want to damage/torque the 90 degree small hinges too much. Any suggestions?? Do I sand/finish part of the box, then do the hinges, then sand/finish the rest?

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#1 posted 05-09-2015 12:08 AM

Install the hinges, tweak the fit to perfection, remove the hinges, finish, reinstall the hinges. OR Use wooden hinges!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 12:11 AM

Only made a few small boxes, but I always installed all hardware, then removed it for finishing. Never sprayed, always wiped on finish, so spraying may cause problems refitting hardware if not masked/or mortises cleaned out properly.

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 12:11 AM

Like gfadym said. LOL

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 05:51 PM

Okay, thanks for your replies. I will be installing the hinges in a few minutes here so I hope it goes okay

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