Step 6: Screw on the hinges

screwing on the hinges of a new door
Photo: Brian Wilder
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Check the depth of the hinge mortises by test-fitting a hinge leaf; it should be flush with the door edge. If necessary, use the chisel to pare away a bit more wood.

Set the hinge leaf into the mortise. Use a drill and centering bit to bore pilot holes through the screw holes.
Screw the hinge to the door.

Test-fit the door in the opening. Check that it closes without binding and that there's proper clearance (1/8 inch) between the door and frame. If not, plane the edges.

Tip: If you accidentally cut a mortise too deep, slip a thin wood or cardboard shim behind the hinge leaf.
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    Tools List

    • hand plane
      Hand plane
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge guide for circular saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Drill/driver with extra-long Phillips tip
    • keyhole saw
      2 1/8-inch hole saw
    • spade bit
      7/8-inch spade bit
    • self-centering bit
      Centering bit
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      3/4- and 1-inch-wide chisels
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. INTERIOR DOOR

    2. PRIMER AND PAINT, OR STAIN AND VARNISH