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cabinet painting: removing and then reusing hinge screw holes

by one60fourth
posted 08-18-2017 11:20 PM


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Rich

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 11:30 PM

It won’t be a problem. Use a screwdriver so you can feel when it’s tight.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 11:30 PM

Can you use 5/8” instead of 1/2” screws?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 08-18-2017 11:48 PM

If you are worried, just stick a tooth pick in each hole and break it off. That will tighten them for sure.

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one60fourth

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 12:08 AM

I can’t use 5/8” screws but the toothpick idea should give me the guarantee I want. I’m tend to agree with RichTaylor that I could just rescrew but a little extra wood in the hole can’t hurt. Thanks for your comments.

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#5 posted 08-19-2017 12:14 AM

I did the exact same thing for a vanity I built recently. I installed the euro hinges, got everything aligned, then took them off for staining and they went back on just fine. Mine was made of alder, which is very close in hardness to poplar. I don’t like the toothpick idea for little screws like that since it knocks things off-center.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 08-19-2017 01:53 AM

I agree with RT on this- Unless they have a pathway or pilot hole to follow, from my experience they go cockeyed. Also remember not to torque too much or you will strip out the pilot hole. Should this happen drill out the original hole and glue in a piece of dowel rod, use your Vix bit to center the pilot hole and it will be as good as new.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 08-19-2017 03:57 AM

Unless you over-tightened them the first time, no reason you shouldn’t be able to remount the hinges. As mentioned, if you strip one here or there. Fill it in , re-drill a pilot hole with a Vix bit. No harm done.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 08-19-2017 01:13 PM


If you are worried, just stick a tooth pick in each hole and break it off. That will tighten them for sure.

- papadan

That trick brings back the time I spent with an old carpenter. it works great especially with a bit of water to make the wood fibers swell. Btw Clin is right , don’t crush it and you don’t have to worry

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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one60fourth

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#9 posted 08-19-2017 02:23 PM

great comments! I used self-centering drill bits for the pilot holes and would like to maintain those centers. I’ll proceed carefully. Will be painting all day today and re-installing hinges tomorrow. Thanks!

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#10 posted 08-19-2017 11:23 PM



It won t be a problem. Use a screwdriver so you can feel when it s tight.

- RichTaylor

+1

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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