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How to Install Hinges

Every woodworker should have several basic kinds of chisels, which come in a range of sizes. See how to use a chisel to prep a work piece and install a hinge.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Prep the Surface

Place the hinge at the desired spot on the work piece. Use the chisel to score an outline of the hinge (Image 1).

Remove the hinge. Dig into the outline with the chisel (Image 2). The depth of the cut should correspond with hinge's thickness.

Step 2: Carve the Wood and Secure the Hinge

Use the chisel to carve out the wood inside the outlines of the hinge. Make the cut as deep as the hinge is thick.

Use the chisel to scrape away excess wood shavings.

Screw the hinge into place.

Tip: Use an old tennis ball to store a chisel. Slice the ball with a utility knife, and place the sharp edge of the tool inside the ball.

Use chisel to scrape away excess wood shavings