||03-25-2010 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by sheetmetal guy
hello, here's my issue. i am adding some recycled doors to my remodel project. trying to match the existing doors. i am replacing the hinges, but some of the old doors are messed up. i was wondering if i should put the new hinges in the old places or should i router out new mortices? then filling the old mortice with wood putty. the doors are already painted. i heard the mortice is what gives it the strength, not the screws. some of these doors are really messed up. thanks for looking. any suggestions are very well appreiceated.
It's both. But mostly the screws. (sorry) If this were not the case, big barn doors and large, heavy fence gates would be mortised.
One of the best ways you can repair old, reamed-out screw holes is to completely drill the hole (each one) to 1/2", and insert 1/2" oak dowel pieces cut to length and glued in place. Then remount the hinges, screwing the screws into the new oak wood.
Drill the holes a couple of inches deep, and pilot drill 1/8", or so, holes for your hinge screws.