A hot tip to hold hinges steady
I build quite a few wall clocks and other pieces that need smaller hinges, and it's always a challenge to align the door or lid perfectly with the box. For foolproof alignment, I apply a dab of hotmelt glue to the hinges using the technique shown at right. After just a few seconds, I can safely open the door, drill pilot holes, and install a couple of screws. Finally, I back the screws out, break the glue bond, scrape off the glue residue, and finish installing the hinges.—Ronald Miller, McPherson, Kan.