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07-08-2007 02:18 PM

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I am looking for information on kitchen cabinet door hinges. I removed a wall oven and she (wife) wants a pantry in its place. I have installed pre built kitchens many time but never built one from scratch. I started looking at hardware (hinges) and realized that there are more than a few types <laugh>. Then it occurred to me that I may need to go to school on hinges. The swing of the door, the amount of overlay on the face frame, etc. Is there some easy way to learn what I don’t know (now that is a loaded questions :), a good place to learn about what I might need in order to pick the correct hinges?

Any help would be appreciated,

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#1 posted 07-08-2007 03:35 PM


There is a book that I have called “Build your own Kitchen Cabinets” 2nd edition by Danny Proulx.

He goes into the building and assembling of cabinets. He doesn’t talk a lot about hinges but does show the installation of them.

This might help.

One note: when installing hinges. make a door frame and a cabinet that you would consider to be scrap, (put it in your shop later) because you want to try the hinges and get the overlap correctly before you make your actual doors, because you might find that you have a big gap in the center. I know I did. Before doors are made use your hinges and a smaller version to get all measurements. Different brands of hinges have different overlap and offset requirements. If you are using a face frame then you can’t use cabinet side mounts (Unless your face frame is flush with the cabinet sides.)

If you cut molding edges like finger grooves, take that into count when you design your overlap so that you don’t have gaps into the cabinet space.

So do everything to your sample door that you’d do to the actual door. and make sure that you have double opening (Left and right) so that two doors have the correct gap.

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#2 posted 07-09-2007 01:58 PM

I looked in Fine Woodworking, & came up with this. There’s a lot of info here for you.

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#3 posted 07-10-2007 01:04 AM

I’ve been in the trade ten years and I’ve still got a lot to learn. A good place to start is deciding what type of hinge to use. A 32mm cup hinge, old style surface mount, butt hinges, odd assorted speciality hinges…the list goes on and on. Hardware is a specialty all by itself. Are you matching existing hardware? Most of them can be simple, but check the manufactures specs…so your doors don’t rub like they do at my house#^%&!!! Ya I can fix it … when I get around to it. Good luck.

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#4 posted 07-25-2007 02:52 AM

I use the 32mm cup hinges exclusively. They are available in many overlay offsets but I stick with the ½” overlay on all sides. If this is the type of hinge for you, let me know and I will be happy to walk you through the math in calculating the sizes for your door components so that they are right the first time, right out of the box. By the way, in case anyone is interested. The Blum hinges are available at for crazy low prices. The ½” overlay #38n355c.08 sells for $.97 each (does not include screws) and other sizes are available.


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