Tips & Tricks: Easy Ball-Catch Location

I like using brass double-ball catches on fine furniture because they’re well made and classy looking. The only problem is that they can be tricky to install, as there’s virtually no allowance for misalignment. Here’s an approach that I’ve found works well: First, screw the catch receiver to the cabinet. Then make a spacer that’s at least as long and wide as the prong plate and a bit thinner than the length of the prong screw. After drilling pilot holes, screw the prong plate to the spacer, allowing the screw tips to project from the rear. Press the prong into the receiver, and close the door. A few smart raps against the door will create divots that precisely locate the prong screws in the door’s back side.
—Robert Wapp, Viroqua, Wisconsin

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