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Posted on How do you make and install perfect cabinets/cabinet doors?

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#1 posted 10-27-2008 07:03 PM

Hi Cpt_hammer

I made a few cabinets with inset doors.

In my opinion, a “within 1/16” is too much of a tolerance. I think that you have to strive for much smaller tolerances like 1/64” or less.

I’m always trying to be as much at accurate as I can be because, “a little bit here and a little bit there” and the small mistakes can accumulate to big numbers.

In your case, 1/16” of the cabinet and 1/16” of the door are already 1/8” that is already visible and not so nice.

The dark stain can mask the mistake a little bit but, I using also another “mistake masker”...I round over the door edges around.

Normally, I make the door smaller by 1/16 or less than the frame…I can always “fine tune” it if it’s too big.

As for the Euro hinges for Inset doors, the “formula” is very easy – Door thickness + 3.7mm (~5/32”)

Please have a look at those posts

Hope it helps





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