Photos, this page: Michael Pekovich; drawings: Vince Babak
Don't compromise. Choose a high-quality extruded brass hinge (bottom) for your furniture. Cheaper stamped hinges (top) will not be flat, square, or drilled accurately, and there will be slop around the hinge pin.
The top hinge is the wrong size for this door. It would leave a fragile sliver of wood at the edge of the mortise. The bottom hinge is a more appropriate size.
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.