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I make a lot of jewelry boxes and other small boxes that I give as gifts. To get a tight fit between the lid and the box, though, I found I had to either use an expensive hinge or cut a mortise deeper than the hinge leaf to compensate for the thickness of the hinge's barrel. I solved this problem by reshaping less-expensive hinges so the leaves lie flat against each other in the closed position.To reshape the hinge, place it in a vise, as shown, so the hinge, including the barrel, is completely inside the jaws, with a thick, flat metal bar on one side of the hinge just below the barrel. Now tighten the vise securely until the leaf conforms to the metal bar. If done correctly, the hinge leaves will lie flat against each other as if they were manufactured that way.—Gene Carter, Morgan, Utah