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How to Use Cyanoacrylate Glue for Temporary Box Hinge Leaf Alignment
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Cyanoacrylate hinge gluing To help keep hinges set while you're lining them up for marking, a little CA glue in the holes will keep them temporarily secured.

When installing hinges on small box projects, it can be challenging to get the lid perfectly aligned with the box. Recently, I figured out a simple solution to this problem. I fastened the hinges into their mortises on the lower portion of the box first. Then I squeezed a drop or two of cyanoacrylate glue in between the holes on the top hinge leaves. I carefully set the lid on the hinges and lined it up flush on all sides. It was easy to do before the glue set. I let the glue dry for a full 10 minutes. With the lid glued temporarily in place, I could raise it and mark the exact mortise locations. This done, I gently twisted the lid to pop it loose from the hinges and proceeded with the installation. Works great!

posted on December 1, 2010 by Woodworker's Journal
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