Introduction: Fix It - Kitchen Cabinet Hinge

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I love Instructables because I am always getting inspired to share my ideas or trick.

The Fix It Contest was no exception.

I currently line in a home that was built in 1957 (the same year I was born)  and like me, some things are just getting old and having issues.

We have a very functional kitchen with lots of cabinets but occasionally a hinge here or there will become loose due to a stripped screw hole.

I am going to show you how to do a quick, easy and inexpensive fix for this problem.

Step 1: The Tools and Supplies

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Tools needed:
Utility knife

Supplies needed:
Toothpicks (round or flat) or bamboo skewers
Glue (wood glue or white glue)

The screwdriver head should match the type of screw you have (normally a flat or slotted head or a Philips head)

Step 2: First Step

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Remove the original screws and hold on to them, you will be re-installing them at the end.

Step 3: Apply Glue and Wood

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You want to apply glue to the end of the toothpick or skewer that you are going to insert into the existing screw hole in the cabinet. I like to use wood glue but white glue will also work. It is is easier and neater to remove the top of the glue bottle and did the end of the toothpick/skewer into the glue. Push the glued end into the screw hole.

Take the hammer and TAP the toothpick/skewer into the hole. Run the utility knife blade around the protruding toothpick/skewer and snap of the excess. Tap the cut area with the hammer to make sure it is flush with the cabinet front.

Step 4: Re-install the Screws and Pat Yourself on the Back

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Align the door and re-install the screws (the screws you removed and kept) in to the cabinet face and your project is complete. I DO NOT wait for the glue to dry before re-assembly because I feel that the new wood and the glue will both help keep the screw secure.

When I am able to fix it around the home I feel a sense of accomplishment… even if it is just the little things.

Remember, just because something is broken doesn’t mean it needs to be thrown away or trashed. Fix it and reuse it.


sdbigguy (author)2013-05-24

Your way would work as well but my kitchen has about a million cabinet doors (ok, I exaggerate a bit) and if I moved one hinge I would have move them all to match to keep a happy home life! Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

muñeco (author)2013-05-24

The way I used to "fix" this is moving the hinge down/up on the door then cover (makeup) the holes. This is a cool and fast way to fix those loose screws on wood. Thanks!

Yard Sale Dale (author)2013-05-23

Cool. Thanks!

sdbigguy (author)Yard Sale Dale2013-05-24

Thank you for the kind words and the patch.

If you are in an older home it seems like there is always something that needs fixing or your attention.

Have a great day!

Thom aka SDBigGuy in San Diego

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