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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 08-09-2012 03:13 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2012 03:13 PM

I am building some base cabinets for my shop. Carcasses are just about done, legs are in the mail, and I need to think about hinges. The cabinets are constructed of 3/4” plywood, and are faceless (I will be adding some solid stock to the front to conceal the plywood edges, but no overhang). The cabinet has 4 main sections, the two outer sections will have doors, the inner 2 sections have drawers. Doors will be frame & panel construction.

I would like to have hidden hinges, and have 1/4” overlay all around the door. I’ve never bought hinges and am looking for some guidance. I believe what I need are 1/4” full overlay hinges, correct? I searched at HD’s website and found these results.

Most list different overlay lengths, some don’t list any overlay length, I see one that lists 1/4” overlay, but the picture makes it look like it is built for a framed cabinet construction.

Can someone help me decipher what it is I need?

Thanks a lot, in advance.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 03:30 PM

1/4” overlay might be a little tough but possible. You’ll probably want to get 1/2” overlay hinges and use a higher baseplate to get your 1/4” overlay. Customer service at one of the hinge companies might be able to help you.

Could you get by with 1/2” overlay? Those hinges are very standard and easy to get.

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 03:34 PM

My concern with 1/2” overlay is that if the doors overlay 1/2”, and the drawers next to them overlay 1/2” (I want to keep consistent), they will hit each other, since the divider between them is only 3/4” plywood.

It sounds like you’re suggesting using a 1/2” overlay, and shimming the part where it mounts to the carcass by 1/4”. That way my 1/2” overlay would really only overlay the cabinet face by 1/4”? I had not considered that, but it sounds like a reasonable idea.

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 03:37 PM

I use face frames on my cabinets it makes them a lot stronger especially for use in the shop. I like cup hinges aka
European hinges. What I like about them is that there strong and the good ones have easy adjustments in more than one direction. The ones they have on your link are priced super high. Usually I pay $3.00 or less per hing and clip. I don’t know if the public can buy them there but I get mine from Louis and company.

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