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Carol

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02-28-2021 05:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: play kitchen toy kitchen concealed hinge pine

i’m building a play kitchen for my granddaughters; working on the doors under the sink now. since the doors are so small, i went with a narrower stile at just under 1 3/4” wide.

most cup hinges need a 35mm hole which is probably too big, but i’ve found “mini” concealed hinges that only need 22mm. will prob pick up the kreg concealed hinge jig, and i read somewhere that you can bore a 22mm hole with it but can’t find anything on the kreg site.

has anyone used the kreg to install smaller concealed hinges?

-- Carol


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#1 posted 02-28-2021 10:40 PM

Do you have a drill press?

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 04:55 AM

well, that would certainly make things a heck of a lot easier, wouldn’t it ;)

nope…no drill press

-- Carol

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 05:06 AM

Well, yes, it sure would.
Sorry if that was condescending..

If you only have the 2 doors I would just mark your center line and hand drill them.

Or,

Since you don’t have a drill press. Spend the money you would spend on the Kreg jig and buy a cheap HF drill press then you will have one.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 05:19 AM

I was waiting for your response to LeeRoy, since a drill press would be ideal. I went out to the shop and measured the bit for the Kreg jig. The portion of the shaft that fits in the jig itself is 1/2” (actually 15/32”) and it drops down to 3/8” to fit 3/8” drills.

Also, 7/8” is just over 22mm, in case you have a problem finding a 22mm Forstner bit.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 05:27 AM


If you only have the 2 doors I would just mark your center line and hand drill them.

- LeeRoyMan

A good tip for getting Forstner bits positioned accurately to a mark is to drill a shallow pilot hole and use it to locate the Forstner bit using it’s point.

Better yet, take LeeRoy’s advice and get a cheap drill press. You’ll find lots of uses for it, like as a spindle sander. That HF is probably as good as the $150 Rikon 8”.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 03-01-2021 03:45 PM

dang it…talked to kreg this morning. they say a smaller forstner bit for mini hinges is in the works but no date

in the meantime, think i’ll get the jig anyway, and since a drill press was the next tool purchase, research them as well.

there are 5 sets of hinges; 2 for the sink doors, 1 for the stove, and 2 more for the frig

-- Carol

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#7 posted 03-24-2021 02:17 PM

for anyone wondering about those mini euro hinges…

they’re a piece of cake, and work great on narrow stiles. the ones i ordered were less than $1 for each set but the downside was that the manufacturer didn’t include a diagram for hole placement :/

screwed the drillmate to a piece of scrap plywood to act as a stable base. drilled the 26mm hole thru the plywood. clamped the piece to the workbench, clamped the drillmate to the piece. drilled out the cup hole in the door. they came out perfect.

the drillmate is no drill press, but it comes it handy when you can’t bring the piece to the drill and must bring the drill to the piece. kinda sorta like a hand-held router vs a router table :)

at woodcraft, the blum mini euro hinges for frameless inset doors were $15 each and i needed 5 sets…i spent the money i saved on led lights for the cabinets and little stove lol

found the hinges at www.dlawlesshardware.com

-- Carol

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#8 posted 03-24-2021 02:51 PM

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