Installing Butt Hinges
The right hinges make a difference when it comes to looks, performance and longevity
Synopsis: You can’t beat butt hinges for durability, clean looks, and straightforward installation. Garrett Hack demonstrates the most common use for them — hanging an inset cabinet door and walks readers through the entire process from chiseling the hinge mortise to hanging the door. Once you’ve mastered this, you can handle any other application. He explains the best choices of hardware for various projects, how many hinges you should use, where they should be located, and how they’re made.
You can’t beat butt hinges for durability, clean looks and straightforward installation. I’ll demonstrate the most common use for this hinge: hanging an inset cabinet door. If you can install hinges in this type of flush door, you can handle any other butt-hinge application.
Woodworking catalogs offer a variety of butt hinges—some steel, others brass; some with thick extruded leaves; others pressed from thin metal. Some hinges,…