Installing Mortised Butt Hinges on Beaded Inset Cabinet Doors

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Forum topic by BetTheFarm posted 03-31-2012 10:21 PM 2333 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2012 10:21 PM

Hello all,

I’m sure this is a rookie question, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I have already made a nice cabinet with beaded inset face frames and all of the doors. It is fully assembled except for the doors. Now I’m ready to install the doors and I intend to use butt hinges. I am concerned about maintaining the 3/32” gap all the way around the perimeter of the doors.

I’m guessing that when the butt hinges are mortised, I need use the depth of the mortise to control the 3/32” gap between the hinged side of the door and the face frame. It would seem that I can’t fully mortise the hinges or else this particular gap would be too narrow (and the opposite side would consequently be too wide). Any advice here? I am afraid of messing up my hard work here!


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#1 posted 03-31-2012 10:29 PM

Your right that the depth of your mortise will control your gap depending on the hinge of choice. I usually build my doors a bit wide then mount the hinges and plane the door (or light passes on the jointer) to get a precise gap all around. Set up some scraps and test rout some hinge butts to get the depth dialed in before starting on your cabinets.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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