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03-14-2011 06:36 PM

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I am building a roll around island for Mimi. It is going to have one or two full extension pull out shelves. I want to use two partial inset (partial overlay) doors with no center stile. I have built this type of cabinet before, with limited success- a lot of trial and error design and fitting.

Is there a rule-of-thumb for dimensioning this type of door if the opening size is known? I am using partial wrap inset hinges for a 3/8×3/8 rabbet and no over lay where the doors meet in the center.

Thanks for any suggestions.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 07:16 PM

Depends on the hinges mainly.
I use Blum concealed hinges ( sometimes called Euro hinges) with the soft close mechanism. If using these , I usually drill the hole for the cup 6mm from the edge of the door to give overlay of 9mm on the hinge side. you can adjust overlay by drilling the cup hole closer or further away from the doors edge.
There is a very usefull fitting guide on the Blum website (can`t find link right now). There is also quite a lot of adjustment in all directions on the hinge plate that screws to the cupboard part.

This link might help

good luck

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 08:18 PM

Lew, On a 3/8” lipped door, I usually size double doors about 3/8” to 7/16” over the opening size.
That gives you room for the hinges with clearance between the 2 doors. Start with the 7/16”, you can always shave a little off in the middle. I leave mine squared off between doors.

I would also move the drawers in a bit from the side stiles so the pull-outs will clear the doors. (I’ve made that mistake before)


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#3 posted 03-14-2011 09:22 PM

Thanks for the help!

Kent, I think I’m just going to make a small frame around the shelves and just use them as a grab point but I still must remember to inset them enough to clear the doors, when closed! I’ll start with the 7/16” and work from there.

Ollie, I haven’t tried the concealed hinges yet. Mimi wanted these hinges to match the hardware on the existing cabinets but I appreciate the link. I really like the adjustment features of those hinges. It looks like they would really help improve on my lack of accuracy.


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#4 posted 03-15-2011 05:00 PM

My method for doing what you’re asking, if you’re using plywood or whatever, is to add 1/2” to each opening dimension. Then go ahead and lip 3/8” X 3/8” on all 4 sides. After I lip the 4 sides, I usually lay the panel flat on my table saw and cut about 2 degrees off the lip to make sure doors don’t drag on the top or bottom. Rip it down the middle and that you gives you the clearances you need with no center stile. Hope this helps.
Just my 2 cents.

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