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Forum topic by PapaP posted 08-01-2021 02:03 PM 283 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2021 02:03 PM

Hello and good morning.
I have a situation where a customer REALLY wants European style hidden hinges but the face frames are plywood. The cabinets were built in 1977 with oak plywood. I’m wondering if I drill a pilot hole and put a little bit longer screws in the ply with maybe a little wood glue on each screw if it would work out. Anyone ever try this method? Any other suggestions?

-- PapaP

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#1 posted 08-01-2021 03:03 PM

How can anyone answer your question without knowing dimensions? Plywood thickness? A photo would help.

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 03:23 PM

3/4 oak plywood face.

The largest door is 18” x 22”

The new doors will be shaker style with poplar rails and stiles.

1/4 birch/mdf core for the panel.

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#3 posted 08-01-2021 03:31 PM


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#4 posted 08-01-2021 03:56 PM

You could get the frameless style and attach blocks to the backs of the face frames. I’ve done this in the past.

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 04:46 PM

Pre drill w/smaller diameter bit and you should be fine. Have done many piano hinges like that. Or, tell customer of your concerns, charge more to glue, brad and clamp 3/4 wood rips to face frame then hinges.

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 05:27 PM

Both great ideas. Thank you.

-- PapaP

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