mending plate

mending plate

A steel strip, usually predrilled with staggered screw holes; used to strengthen joints in wood construction.
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You'll also need eight 1/2-by 2-inch mending plates (shown below); nine 1 1/2-inch brass butt hinges, available at hardware stores; and a drill, a screwdriver, craft glue or a glue gun, sharp pruning shears, two semitransparent wood stains, acrylic-base satin-finish varnish, and highlight paint (optional).
Screw the frames together with a pair of the mending plates.