Installing butt hinges for inset doors while ensuring a consistent hinge exposure has always given me grief.

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Installing butt hinges for inset doors while ensuring a consistent hinge exposure has always given me grief. This simple guide makes it easy, though. I made it out of a 1x2" strip of wood with a 14 x14 " stop strip glued to the edge, as shown. The location of the stop determines the reveal, or how much the hinge sticks out from the face frame. (I use 14 ".)

To put it to use, clamp the guide to the face frame and butt the hinge against the stop strip to position it for drilling. Once finished, do the same on the door. When you attach the doors to the frame, they will come out flush every time.
—Charles Paukert, Cedar Creek, Neb.