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Forum topic by lumberjoke posted 05-06-2011 07:40 PM 3358 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2011 07:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinets hardware

Either Blum is the only company out there doing innovative hardware or they are the only company out there that is really effective at marketing the stuff.

One thing I like about them is the very clear specifications they provide in their literature. One thing I don’t like is the expensive jigs and hardware.

It’s been said on here that Blum has very high expectations of their suppliers and the quality is unmatched. Are there companies out there doing similar innovations (drawer systems, vertical lift hinges, corner drawers, etc) but aren’t as well known or perhaps are good enough to compete with Blum’s apparent quality?

To give you some idea of where I’m coming from: I’ve never made cabinets before but I’ve built a prototype that I’m happy with. I’m wondering if I’m foolish for wanting to spend so much on fancy hardware.

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 07:50 PM

Hafele is good too. The Hafele hinges are cheaper in general.

There are a bunch of brands of Euro hinges actually, but Hafele and
Blum have the biggest lines of all sorts of stuff like drawer slides,
pullouts, and so forth.

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 07:52 PM

I have to agree with you, Lumberjoke. They’ll break the bank but they’re of very high quality. I looked into some heavy slides for a TV application and they were approaching the price of the LED!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 08:33 PM

I have been using the Blum 170 degree hinges. They are very nice but use a lot of space on the inside of the cabinet. These hinges are big. They work really nice but occupy space. In future projects, I will use standard butt hinges unless the Blum hinges are requested. They use no space on the inside of the cabinet.

The under-drawer full extention slides are nice, these are a keeper. I get them from Bold hardware in California on the web – ask for Jim. Tell him David sent you. I don’t know if he is the best price but he has given me great service. If shipping messes up, Jim makes it good.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 02:00 AM

Try these folks

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 04:46 PM

Have you ever tried Ovis They are pretty reasonable, maybe not the top of the line, but I used their Euro hinges on all of my heavy white Ash cabinets that I built several years ago, and they are still holding up pretty well.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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