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    Small Box Hinge Fix

    There was some discussion here about the occasional difficulty with really small hinges and the alignment of box lids. I, and others, offered up our methods and I learned a lot. Now being the "giver" that I am, I decided that I would mess up a hinge just so I could show how I fix them when that happens . . . riiiiight.

    I use wooden q-tip sticks or their equivalent and a high solids, gap filling glue.

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    Once dry, nip them off with side cutters and then thank myself, once again, for picking up that butt chisel at the last WWing show.

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    I use the double sided tape trick again and this time when drilling the holes . . . pay attention, doh! The little yellow piece of cardboard is to hold the hinge leaf up so when I push the properly aligned top onto the tape, it sticks.

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    You can see that the holes are now in a little different spot. I use a steel screw to pre-thread the holes for the brass screws (the one in the pic is brass plated steel; don't be fooled).

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    There now, all better. BE maple and lacewood, sand and shellac:

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 09-09-2009 at 12:25 AM.
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    WOW Thats some pretty wood. Great job on the box.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Thanks for that Glenn I have redone hinges due to miss cues and have sone a bit differently, like sanding down larger dowell to make smaller dowell to fit Gee never thought of using a wooden q-tip I will for now on, that is only if I make a miss que OH THAT is a nice box!!!

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