Kitchen Cabinet

123 – How to Install a Butt Hinge Mortise





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Although setting up my 6-panel cabinet not long ago, I decided to capture the procedure of mortising for a butt hinge. With a router, a small straight little bit, a chisel, and some very careful structure, you may obtain mortising for hinges to be pleasurable and uncomplicated.
These basic ideas will make the procedure significantly a lot easier:
– Develop some kind of story stick for repeatability.
– Use a marking gauge and knife to scribe the hinge destinations for top accuracy.
– Use a router clear away the bulk of the materials at a reliable depth.
– Use a sharp chisel to fine-tune the suit.

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37 comments

  1. Very nice…I am getting ready to do the brusso hinges on my first handcut dovetail jewelry box…some angst…I may try using your hybrid solution…setting the depth with the colt…which I have…never freehanded before…will practice…Thank you…

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  2. I love the "correction" about being perfect. A true craftsman!

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  3. B U T T

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  4. You fitted the hinge to the frame and then did not show how to marry up the door and mark its hinge position. Could you please show that stage?

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  5. Made simple things look way too complicated.

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  6. …very good video…thank you…

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  7. I need to have all these materials and do all these stuff to fix a cabinet door? 😖
    I'll just go shop a new one online

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  8. GREAT job! Thanks!. Where did you get the hinges? They are really thick, like old cast hinges. I will stock up if I know where to get them.

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  9. Can anyone show me how to use the router on the frame? The door part is easy.

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  10. Well…. This video wasn't helpful. I have a chisel, pencil and a drill.

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  11. If I have those tools I would make a space shuttle!

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  12. Best tutorial in whole universe, thanks Marc.

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  13. This guy is using an EXACTO knife… welp, might as well return the door. Because i guarantee this is not going to be an EXACTO operation. I guess my place is going to be a crack house for a little while, until i can hire someone to put the new door on.

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  14. Of all the YouTube 'How to fit a hinge' I have watched, you are the only one who shows the exact position of the hinge, (centre of the barell) Thank you so much…

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  15. Hi! i fited a door yesterday! Unfourtunately a midle hingis making a bed sound! I have drilled all the holls on the doors,also on the frames! What shale i do? I know it is 2 tight! Can you halpe me out please! Thanks

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  16. I'm not to sure about the cute and handsome, but the video is the friendliest and easy to follow I ever seen. Don't need a jig or any other fancy, and the results are the best that can be achieved. Thanks for sharing Mark!!

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  17. Thanks for sharing and i think you are really cute and handsome

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  18. need information on how to fit rising butt door hinges

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  19. need information on how to fit rising butt door hinges

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  20. Am I cutting the mortise into the actual cabinet door or the cabinet itself ?

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  21. What type of chisel is that?

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  22. Question: in order to line up the hinge on both door and frame perfectly couldnt you have butted up both pieces and run the router across both faces at the same time facing each other? Hope that makes sense.

    thanks!

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  23. I think i need a Phd to install door hinges.

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  24. Made an easy task look complicated.

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  25. did I miss the part where you show how to match the hinge to the door
    for an accurate fit ????

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  26. Marc, Useful tip.
    Thank you. 
    L.ZACCARO

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  27. Great.   I had two questions – how far from top and bottom and where the  barrel should be placed.   You answered both perfectly.   Thank you.

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  28. Hi Mark great stuff your doing. Story stick? We call that a rod.

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  29. Thanks for sharing

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  30. What did you use to only cut off part of the wood?

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  31. My husband is an electrician, so woodworking (as he says) isn't his thing.  Still, he attempted to build a fold-out / drop-down wall desk for my crafts.  (I found the idea here:  http://ana-white.com/2011/09/flip-down-wall-art-desk-0.)  Anywho, he didn't have much luck getting it squared properly, & he wasn't happy with the hinges, so we watched your video, & I hope he has a better outlook now.  At the very least, we both appreciated the tension breaker . . . he, he, Butt.  So, thanks!

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  32. he's really good! isn't he?

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  33. Hi.  I just watched your video.  I am a woman who loves to create things.  I am trying to build a sewing cabinet.  Especially since the ones to purchase costs upwards of $2000.00  Even the simple cheap ones are over $500.  So I know I can  make one of the simple ones although I am not seeing anything on youtube to make such a thing.  I want to make one that has a flap that lays on top of the cabinet when not in use but flaps over to add work space.  The hinge is giving me problem.  I want the hinge to lay flat and not interfere with the material going across it and I don't want too large of a gap between the flap and the original top?  Any suggestions????  I can't seem to get my head wrapped around this one seemingly simple thing….What kind of hinge?

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  34. buen video pero no todos saben ingles seria genial usar el español para que asi puedan entender todos los que leemos los comentarios.

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  35. jesus man you're deadly

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  36. Sure do!

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  37. Do you ever use a Vix bit to center your screws?

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