Cabinet Door Hinges

Old 10-03-22, 10:06 PM
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Cabinet Door Hinges

I need to install hinges on a couple shaker style cabinet doors. The cabinet is framed out of 2x4's, with the 2x4's face out. The dimensions are 36" across and 30" high. (they'll be 2 doors) The shaker style door frames are made out of 1x4's with the exact measurements of the cabinet (18" x 30"). So the stiles are 30" long and the rails are 11" long. What are my choice of hinges? If at all possible, I'd like them to be concealed or hidden.

I've attached a picture of the cabinet with a rough drawing of where the doors would go. The red 'X' is the approximate location of where I would like to put hinges.


Old 10-03-22, 10:56 PM
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Well, that's not really typical cabinet construction...

About the only kind of concealed hinge you could use with 3/4" thick rail & stile doors would be a 14mm barrel hinge like this:

They are very finicky so you would need to follow their directions very carefully... there is no adjustment on them, so you have one shot at it. You'd be wise to watch some videos on how they are installed. One problem you may have is that you need some space between the cabinet door and the framing. If they fit together too tightly, the doors will "creak" and rub when you operate them.

Honestly you'd be better off if you made some nice face frames out of poplar 1x2, that you could apply onto the front of those crude cabinet boxes. Then, rather than doing full overlay, just do a partial overlay and use some self closing hinges that screw onto the face frames. (Much easier for you to line up and install). Your cabinet doors would then need to be about 1 1/2" smaller than the overall cabinet box and face frame is. So you'd have about 3/4" of reveal all the way around the outside of the double doors... and a 1/8" gap between them. You need to have some reveal around the doors, especially at the floor. 30" doors on a 30" tall cabinet are going to drag on the floor.

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