Step 2: Cut New Mortises

new mortices are cut to attach the new hardward where it will fit the shutter's new use as doors
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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Cut new mortises in the shutter that will attach to the shelving unit, spacing them about 3 inches from the top and bottom. Score around the hinge with a utility knife; chisel out the wood to the depth of the metal. To open the door a full 180 degrees, use wraparound hinges (about $5 a pair; Rockler Woodworking and Hardware). These have a fixed center and two leaves—one that screws into the shutter and one that secures it to the unit.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • flathead screwdriver
      Rasp
    • rasp
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 2 vintage interior shutters

    2. 1 pair of wrap-around shutter hinges

    3. 1 pair of no-mortise hinges

    4. Cabinet door pull

    5. Paint and primer

    6. Epoxy filler