Step 2: Deepen the Hinge Mortises

hand using a chisel to fix a stuck door
Photo: Craig Raine
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After repairing the hinge, Tom sees that the door is still too big to close smoothly; he has no choice but to plane it to fit. To avoid disassembling the doorknob, he'll take the excess off the hinge side.

First he removes the hinges so he can chisel their mortises inch deeper—the same amount he will plane from the door's edge. Holding a ¾-inch chisel vertically in the mortise, he hammers a dozen or so parallel -inch-deep cuts across the width of the mortise and one long cut against its inside edge. Then he leans his weight on the chisel—bevel side up—and rocks it gently back and forth, plowing out the chips of wood. He repeats the process on the other mortise.
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    Tools List

    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Wood chisel
    • bench plane
      Jack plane
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      Paint brush

    Shopping List

    1. Scrap wood

    2. Wood glue3. 120-grit sandpaper4. Primer5. Paint to match door