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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 08-20-2018 11:46 AM 1031 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2018 11:46 AM

Ok so I have a kitchen cabinet job coming up that will have inset doors and drawer fronts. I am looking for suggestions on what are the best euro/hidden style hinges for the doors? I need something with good adjustability, and something that is a good value not costing an arm and a leg. What do you guys suggest? I have a hinge boring machine but am ordering the doors.

I could also use some suggestions on the drawer slides. Normally I use ball bearing, full extension, side mount, soft close slides with the sockets in the back for mounting to the back of the cabinet. Would these still work for inset drawers? Would I just adjust the size of my drawer front and drawer? If not, what are some good side mount slides that you guys would recommend for this?

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#1 posted 08-20-2018 01:32 PM

BLUM & the jig for doors and drawers

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#2 posted 08-20-2018 01:37 PM

yes blum offers a lot of adjustability into there drawer fronts :<))

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#3 posted 08-20-2018 01:39 PM

Google “inset clip on hinges” you will get the full array of available options.

I would go with undermount slides.

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#4 posted 08-20-2018 04:16 PM

What they said, Blum inset hinges. YouTube has lots of videos on installing them. Ball bearing side mounts will work you just set the back the thickness of the drawer front. But… rew2156 says under mounts slides would be my choice.

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#5 posted 08-21-2018 04:26 PM

The Blum web site has everything you need. Download their catalogs and configuration tools. Face frame, frameless, inset, overlay are all covered, and the configuration tools (dynamic spreadsheets) will tell you right down to the part number which parts you need to order.

One bit of advice since you’re doing inset drawers, get the fully adjustable drawer locks. The regular ones are adjustable vertically, but the ones you want are adjustable in all three axes. It’ll save you a lot of grief getting the drawer front aligned in the opening.

Finally, I buy all of my hardware from Woodworker Express. Their site has a wealth of information, their prices are excellent, and their customer service folks know Blum hardware like nobody’s business. They have saved my butt on a couple of occasions when I ordered incompatible parts. About 20 minutes after I made my order, the phone rang and they walked me through what I needed to change and made the change for me right then. It kept me from having to return parts and wait for the correct ones.

It’s tricky because, depending on your configuration and what adapter plate you choose, you might not want to order inset hinges for an inset application, but half-overlay instead. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s true. Use the configuration tools and talk to the customer support specialists to save yourself a lot of headaches.

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#6 posted 08-22-2018 01:32 AM

Blum hinges and Blum under mount slides.

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