Small hinges, especially brass hinges, cause trouble for woodworkers during installation. It’s not just the size and placement of the hinges, it’s also the size of the screws used to attach them.
Besides the obvious pilot hole that must be drilled, there are a couple of tips for driving those screws that will help you install the hinges perfectly without stripping the screw head or snapping the shank.
Apply a little wax, whether it’s paraffin wax or wax from a candle, to the threads of the screw. It acts like a lubricant and you’ll be able to drive the screw with relative ease.