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In this Wood Whisperer video, I explain how to fit butt hinges. Using the wrong hinge will result in an off-balance door and will be difficult to fix. In this video, I show you how to set up the countersinks and make precise layout lines for the butt hinges. In addition, I show you how to choose the right type of hinge. You should use brass or extruded brass hinges if your project is for fine furniture.
Extruded brass hinges are better for fine furniture
There are a few key differences between extruded and cast brass hinges. While they are both made from solid brass, extruded brass hinges are stronger and last longer than cast brass hinges. The key difference between extruded and cast brass hinges is their precision and strength. Extruded brass hinges are more expensive, but still better for fine furniture. The following are some reasons why extruded brass hinges are better for fine furniture.
Quality is the number one consideration when choosing hinges for your fine furniture. Extruded brass hinges are better than stamped butt hinges because they are stronger. Additionally, they have a smooth pivot. In addition, stamped brass hinges can be easily damaged and don’t have the same quality as extruded hinges. However, stamped hinges are inexpensive so you’ll likely have to choose them carefully for your fine furniture.
Quality is another consideration. Wrought iron hinges are not recommended for fine furniture. Wrought iron isn’t conducive to fine detail. Brass is the preferred material for fine furniture because of its inherent qualities for hinge making. It’s also recyclable and antimicrobial. So, brass is the perfect material for fine furniture. If you want the best possible hardware for your fine furniture, choose extruded brass hinges.
Antique-style hinges. Brass hinges have a rich, antique feel. They complement cabinets, doors and reproduction furniture. These hinges are available in ball-tip and standard butt designs. They’re also available in seven finishes. If you’re considering purchasing a brass hinge for your fine furniture, you’ll want to be sure that the material you choose is suitable for the type of furniture you have.
Adjusting the countersinks to fit butt hinges
The first step to adjust the countersinks on butt hinges is to determine the angle of the screws. A shallow countersink can cause the hinge to bind, while a deep countersink will keep the screw heads below the surface of the leaf. To correct this, use a countersink bit. If the screw is too deep, you can try shimming it up.
Butt hinges are inexpensive, easy to install, and quick to adjust. Because they are so easy to install, they’re often used in cabinetry. Generally, you’ll use one leaf mortised into the cabinet and one leaf into the door stile. These mortises need to be precisely placed and there’s no visible way to adjust the fit once the door is hung. Some cabinetry manufacturers, however, have incorporated recessed European butt hinges, which do not show the hinges from the outside. Modern butt hinges do not require mortising and instead feature slots that allow the door to move up or down.
Making precise layout lines for butt hinges
The first step in making a butt hinge is to mark the exact length and width of the leaves of the hinge. Some hinges are available with different metal plating and finish options. When planning to install butt hinges, you should consider how the pin will fit between the leaves. Not all hinges are interchangeable, so you should plan for a tight fit in between the leaves. You can make the lines as precise as possible, then cut the mortises.
To make precise layout lines, you can use a marking gauge. Set it to the width of the hinge and 1/32-inch below the center line of the hinge knuckle. Draw light pencil lines along the length of the mortise so that you know where to stop the marking gauge. A butt marker can also be useful in multi-hinge projects. It is a great tool for making accurate layout lines for butt hinges.
Despite its simple design, butt hinges are used extensively for mounting ordinary doors. They come in two types, the rigid (fixed-pin) butt hinge and the loose-pin butt hinge. Rigid butt hinges are used for doors that are rarely removed, while loose-joint butts allow you to remove the door without removing the hinge. Both types of butt hinges are suitable for cabinets and other small doors.
Choosing the right type of hinge
A good hinge is essential for a door, and there are many different types. While they aren’t always readily apparent to the untrained eye, they can greatly affect a door’s appearance and function. To make it easy to choose the right one, we’ve listed several of the most common types below. Read on to discover more. Here’s a look at some of the most important features to look for when choosing a door hinge.
Butt hinges come in a variety of types based on their construction and application. Most people buy plain bearing butt hinges for interior doors. For heavier and more frequent doors, ball-bearing hinges are better options. Because they operate more smoothly, they’re ideal for long-term use. Spring-loaded butt hinges are great for screen doors and cabinet doors. Regardless of what type of hinge you choose, you’ll find many different applications for them.
You can choose from right-hand and left-hand butt hinges. They come in different materials, and some are visible and some are concealed. Most common hinges are mounted internally to avoid tampering. One exception to this rule is the external metal corner hinge. These hinges have a pin to help you remove the door for maintenance. If you’re concerned about tampering, choose hinges with concealed or partially hidden hinges.
Choosing the right type of butt hinge depends on the application and aesthetics of the door. Door hinges are not only functional, they should match the door’s finish. A corrosive hinge will rust faster when exposed to the elements. Depending on the application, you can choose between stainless steel, brass, and bronze. Butt hinges are best suited for interior applications, because they can withstand heavy doors without rusting.
Despite their basic nature, butt hinges can feature unique features. Some have removable barrel pins, while others have decorative elements. Butt hinges can also come in different finishes and can be fire-rated. Some have decorative elements, such as ball tips, which are fixed at the top and bottom of the barrel. If you are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing hinge, these are great options. You can find several different types of butt hinges on the Internet.