Choos­ing Butt Hinges

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FIXED OR LOOSE PIN? In many cases the choice will de­pend on the style in which you’re work­ing, but gen­er­ally speak­ing, a loose-pin hinge makes it eas­ier to fit large doors: You can re­move the pin and take the door off for plan­ing with­out the need to un­screw the hinge leaf from the cab­i­net.

SIZE When or­der­ing hinges, take the width of the leaves into ac­count along with the length. Oth­er­wise you may find the leaves ex­ceed the thick­ness of your door. It’s best to leave as much meat as pos­si­ble at the back of the door stile, be­hind the hinge, to avoid break-out.

BRASS OR STEEL? Many hinges are avail­able with dif­fer­ent metal plating, and some­times with a va­ri­ety of fin­ish op­tions such as an­tique brass or oiled bronze.

QUAL­ITY Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, a good butt hinge will have a pin that fits snugly be­tween the leaves. Any slop­pi­ness in this fit will com­pli­cate your job of get­ting a door to fit pre­cisely in its open­ing.

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