Crossposted alt.home.repair / rec.woodworking -- mainly because this is
sort of a woodworking question, but the wood is part of my bathroom wall.
I have received a pair of barrel hinges from Rockler. I'm going to try
to use them to hang the new medicine cabinet door on the cabinet I built
into the wall. An earlier post described how the door fits flush against
the face of the cabinet, and barrel hinges seem to be a good solution.
I need to drill a 14mm diameter hole into the edge of the cabinet side
to accept the hinges. The side is 3/4'' MDF. 14mm is 0.551'', which does
not leave a lot of sidewall in 3/4'' material -- about 3/32'' per side.
If the cabinet was NOT in the wall I would put the sides into my drill
press so I'd have a fighting chance of getting the hole straight. But it
is in the plaster wall and trying to do this job by eye and with a hand
drill is not likely to succeed. (This is what happens when I don't plan
ahead real well.)
What kind of hand drill-alignment gadgets are there that can help a
fellow drill square, straight, and level?
If I can run a 14mm diameter, 15.5mm deep hole exactly down the middle
of this 3/4'' -- TWICE! -- I will be a hero in my own home. My wife will
think I am quite the he-man, my kids . . . well, they are teenagers. I
might be able to raise a "whatever," out of them. But I'd be darn pleased.
Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott
71 Type 2: the Wonderbus
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