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Hinging Oak Cabinets with Solid Brass Butt Hinges

by Greg Keefer


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Oak cabinets are beautiful in their own right, but are even more glamorous when the doors are hung with solid brass butt hinges.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using brass hinges:


  • Overall placement of hinges on oak cabinets: Most cabinet hinges are relatively close to the top and bottom of the cabinet doors. Consider setting the hinge about the same distance from the top or bottom edge as the hinge is long. There's room for variation, but make sure the top and bottom hinges are equal in distance from their respective edges.


  • Begin with the door: Carefully chisel across the grain on the door to inset one side of the hinge in the proper location. Insert one steel screw, not a brass screw, to secure the hinge to the door.


  • Match the door to the frame: Close the door, and mark the hinge placement on the frame. Insert a steel, not brass, screw in the frame side of the hinge. Close the door to locate needed minor adjustments in hinge placement. Make sure the door is in the right location relative to the frame. Take the hinge off the door and the frame.


  • Drill the pilot holes for the remaining screws: You're ready to fully commit by fastening the door to the frame on the hinges with steel screws.


  • Replace steel screws: Use steel screws exactly the same size as the brass screws to create pilot holes. To avoid breaking off the brass screw heads, lubricate the screws with soap before inserting them.


Solid brass butt hinges look great on oak cabinets. Installing them is easy, and the results are worth the expense.



About the Author

Greg Keefer has been a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of helping others to

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