Jewlery Amoire #10: Doors and Piano Hinge

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 02-06-2011 12:14 AM 4034 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With this installment I completed the doors for the side of the cabinet, installed the piano hinges, plugged a bunch of holes and did some sanding.

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 09:28 AM

The plugs Kreg supplies are a slightly looser fit, not requiring hammering, so that the ends don’t smash. They do, however, have a unique angle on the end that goes into the hole, which I have alway had to cut off to fit properly. Their plugs are meant to be just proud of the surface so that they can be sanded flush. I believe the paintable plugs are basswood.

I recently had the opportunity to inspect a local cabinetmaker’s cabinets prior to installation. He used drywall screw instead of the pocket hole screws, and about 20% of them were twisted off in the hole. I would suggest using only Kreg or McFeely’s pocket hole screws, as they are heat treated for the torsional properties required in this application.

I have been following your progress, and have learned a thing or two.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 01:42 PM

I did notice a slight angle to the “flat” end of the plug, but I only noticed it when watching the video. :-)

I have never though of the drywall screws twisting off. I may have installed 8 sheet of drywall in my life . . . but I do remember a couple of the screws twisting off or cracking. I have never had them twist off in a project . . . maybe because I mostly use spruce or poplar and not hardwood like oak or maple. Or it could be luck. I do find that the phillips head does “spin out” from time to time when the screw really grabs.

Thanks for the comments.

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