Euro Hinges - Part I

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Forum topic by niki posted 09-06-2008 03:59 PM 3764 views 7 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2008 03:59 PM

Good day

This post is for amateurs and beginners that never worked or, have very limited experience with “Euro hinges”

The real name of the “Euro hinges” is “Concealed hinges” but, as I know, the Americans are calling everything that comes from Europe…”Euro…..” – like “Euro saw”, “Euro Riving knife” and alike but…..

....We have another “Euro” that I’m sure that you would not like to “import” it to USA and that’s…..”Euro Prices”...yeap, we have special “Euro prices” that are usually at least double than in the USA…I don’t think that you would like to pay $8 per Gallon…....nor $650 for Hitachi M12V2 router…. :-)

From reading around the Internet forums, I’ve noticed that there is some kind of “mystery” around those hinges and every time that there is a question, most of the replies are “You can buy this Jig here” (URL)....the problem is that I don’t like to buy….it’s too simple and doesn’t worth it to spend the money on special jigs…

I’m working with those hinges already 8 years. I’ve installed a few hundreds of hinges and I would like to share with you my method and show you that…...I’m not using any jig and…....if I can – you can…

I will refer only to the 3 basic types of hinges:

1. Full overlay – the door fully covers the cabinet frame (the hinge side wall)

2. Half Overlay – the door covers only half of the cabinet frame…used when two doors are installed on one cabinet wall.

3. Inset – used for, well…..inset doors…

I never worked with “Face Frame” cabinets so all the picture are referred to “Frameless” cabinet.

The beauty about those hinges is that you don’t have to have “high skills” nor special equipment…well, you shall have to buy the 35mm drill and I assume that you already have a Drill Press or, Drill Stand or even, just an Hand drill….

All the dimensions are “Plus-Minus” you don’t need to be “Super-Duper accurate” to get a perfect fit…the door can be adjusted in 4 axis; up-down…in-out…left-right and clockwise-counter clockwise

On this post, I’ll show the 3 types of hinges.

On the 2nd post, the drilling methods and…

On the 3rd post, the actual drilling and installation of the hinges and the doors.











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#1 posted 09-06-2008 05:35 PM

Niki, thanks for the tips.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 09-06-2008 05:45 PM

Thanks, Niki. As always your blogs are clearly written, well documented and quite informative. I have resisted these type of hinges simply because I was not sure how they were installed. But this post has clarified things for me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-06-2008 05:54 PM

Niki, Thanks for the tutorial. I will be doing the same shortly and your timing is just right.
I’ll be looking forward to parts 2 and 3. Great job showing the steps involved.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 06:16 PM

Niki – your tutorials are always so clearly written and easy to understand. Thanks for this!

I wanted to add that concealed hinges are available in a variety of overlay sizes. I don’t know if this is universal, but with my suppliers the term “half overlay” refers to a ½-inch overlay hinge and “full overlay” is a ¾-inch overlay hinge. I’ve used hinges down to 3/8-inch overlay and up to 1½-inch overlay (for face-frame cabinetry, of course!).

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#5 posted 09-06-2008 08:33 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words

After you’ll see the parts 2 & 3 and you’ll work with them ones, you will not want to go back to any of the other “conservative” hinges…well, at least, that’s what happened to me…

I’m so happy that the post came “on time” for you.
Tomorrow, Ill post the part II

You are correct, I had to emphasize that the hinges that I’m talking about are for 18~19mm (3/4”) thick material.

There are many, many kind of concealed hinges for different purposes (just go to “Blum” and you can “drown” in the so many kinds) but, I concentrated only on those 3 types so, I cannot give any information as for other types.


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#6 posted 09-07-2008 09:09 PM

Thanks a lot, Niki, for this discussion of Euro hinges. You have definitely helped me to understand a few things about these growingly popular hinges.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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