door hinges

Old 08-19-01, 10:44 AM
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Hi George
I am finally finished with this buffet. I decided to use the tung oil and it looks great.
Thanks for all the help. Now I am trying to hang the doors.
Is there a sequence to putting the screws in?
The doors fit the opening but after I installed the hinges
the doors are too tight. I have the screw heads seated even with the hinges. I am using the same holes that were there.
Do you think I need to reseat the hinge?
Old 08-19-01, 06:02 PM
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I'm assuming two things here. One, that the 'tightness' you mention is on the edge opposite the hinges (top and bottom are OK.) and that the doors are NOT reversible - that is you've put the doors back in the hole they came out of.

If that's the case, re-seating the hinges is not the answer. You need to work directly on the edge that sticks. If the hinges worked correctlly before, re-seating them will probably cause them to bind because they're set to far into either the door or the frame.

Most buffett doors have a slight bevel on the edge opposite the hinges - the front (outside) is slightly wider than the back (inside). Maintain that bevel and GO SLOWLY...

PS - While there is no particular sequence, I usually put the top screw in the top hinge first - far enough to hold it but not tightened in completely. I make sure all the screws are in place before I tighten any all the way down.

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