The right way to cut hinge mortises

Installing hinges (or strike plates) is a frequently encountered task for the handyman, and as often im not we rely on the trial-and-error method—with mixed results. Here's the best way to cat a hinge mortise.

1 Remove the hinge pin (if its removable) and position the hinge leal or strike plate or the edge of the door or on the door jamb. Tack It Into place with screws, then score an outline around the plate with a utility knife.This prevents the wood from splintering past the ends of the mortise.

2 Choose a chisel that's close to the same wMtfi as the mortise. With the beveled side of the chisel facing toward the mortise, tap the butt of the chisel handle with a wood or rubber mallet. Cut Into the wood to a depth equal to the thickness of the hinge leaf or strike plate. Cut along all sides of four-skied mortises.

3With the beveled edge of the chisel tip flat against the work-piece, make a series of relief cuts In the waste wood area of the mortise. Space the cuts Vb to Vz In. apart (make closer cuts In harder woods). The cuts should be equal in depth to the finished depth of the mortise.

4Clean out the waste wood by driving the chisel against the direction of the relief cuts.To avoid digging in too deep, try to keep the beveled edge of the tip flat in the mortise. Scrape the bottom of the mortise smooth. If you need to deepen the mortise, repeat the proceduie—dont simply try to make deeper scraping cuts.


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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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.

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