I’m dismantling my desk so I can repaint it. The desk has two hinged legs, and one of the embedded hinges has separated into two.
I’d like to remove the part of the hinge embedded in the desk so I can repair it (I have all the parts) and to help when painting, but I don’t know how to get the half hinge out.
On the other side, I pulled the leg with some force to remove the embedded hinge from the desk (may not have been the best idea, but it worked!). It’s not glued in, but is firmly embedded in the wood.
I’ve tried pushing a screwdriver into the holes to lever it out, but can’t get enough pressure and am worried about damaging it.
Is there a clever technique / tool I can use?
Holes left to right: screw, used to hold leg when in up position, hinge, screw