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Installing Hinges

When installing hinges, you need to be ready to make a few adjustments. This can mean putting on and taking off the door a few times. And one thing to avoid is breaking one of the brass woodscrews. So I use a single steel woodscrew to hold each leaf during the fitting process, see top photo below.

And if the hinge mortise is too deep, use a thin piece of cardboard as a shim, see bottom photo below.

Steel Woodscrews
Cardboard Shim

Steel Woodscrews

One frustration you want to avoid is breaking a brass woodscrew. So when fitting a door, use a steel woodscrew in the hinge leaf.

Cardboard Shim

If the gap between the door and the case is too narrow, of if the gap tapers from top to bottom, try adding a thin cardboard shim under one or both hinge leaves.