Cabinet hinge predicament

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Forum topic by Carrieberrie posted 08-29-2018 12:36 PM 366 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2018 12:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet doors cabinet hinges door overlay cabinet door reveal face frame cabinets cabinet door spacing question

Hi everybody,

I’m new to the forum, (well, a new registered user anyway), and I’m hoping somebody here might be able to give me their opinion on a solution for even reveal spacing on face frame cabinets.

I have been involved in hobby woodworking and carpentry for several years. We had a dishwasher leak that finally pushed me over the edge and I decided I wasn’t going to put up with the builder grade MDF cabinets in my kitchen any longer. I ultimately decided to replace all components (carcasses, face frames, doors, drawer boxes and faces, etc.), and change the door style while I was at it. I’ve made it through the cutting, assembly, and finishing stages for all of the carcasses, face frames, and drawer faces, and I’m now ready to start on the doors. Before I start cutting the doors though, it occurred to me that I wouldn’t have even reveal spacing between adjoining cabinet boxes if the doors are the same size. Specifically, I opted for a 1/2” reveal at the bottom and outside vertical edges. However, if I use the same hinge overlay on the doors of adjoining boxes, there will be a 1” reveal between the two doors instead of the 1/2” there will be on the outside of the opposite door side. The boxes I’m concerned about are the ones where there’s a height difference, like where a regular wall cabinet attaches to, say, the short wall cabinet above the refrigerator or microwave. If I use 1.25” hinges on just the doors that back up to each other on those cabinets instead of 1” hinges on all doors, I will get the 1/2” reveal between them, but then I will only have a 1/4” reveal down the rest of the length of the regular wall cabinet.

Any advice or suggestions about how to design this would be greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 08-29-2018 01:27 PM

Use 1 1/2” on just the short cabinet.

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#2 posted 08-29-2018 01:27 PM

There is normally a wider gap between the hinge sides of doors on adjoining boxes.

I think you’re worrying about it too much :-D

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