Hinges for Inset cabinet door w/ “face frame”

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Forum topic by Fulli posted 10-19-2021 11:54 AM 450 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2021 11:54 AM

Hi all. I built this faux card catalog cabinet for my wife and I’m a bit confused on how to hinge the door. The door is inset with the “drawer” fronts mounted to it. There is a 1/4” over hang all the way around. So essentially I need a solution for an inset door with a 1/4” overhang “face frame” on a frameless cabinet. Also I’d like the hinges to be hidden if I can help it. Thanks for your help.!

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#1 posted 10-19-2021 12:18 PM

Hi. believe they arecalled Eropean hinges, total hidden.

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#2 posted 10-19-2021 01:01 PM

Yup European hinges.

I had to add a block to the partition for functionality. Practice on a mocked up cabinet if you can. There are hinges with different angled openings, maybe get one that opens straight out and then swings open.

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#3 posted 10-19-2021 01:19 PM

You want rabbeted door hinges.

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#4 posted 10-19-2021 02:09 PM

Your best shot would be a Blum 170 degree hinge. (They call it a special application hinge)
Straight arm with an 18 mm plate
cranked arm with a 9mm plate
If it does work, the door may still only open to 90 degrees or so.

You’re still going to have to make a mock up to see if it works.

I don’t think the rabbited door hinge will work with your inset.
Panels on the front will hit the face frame and the door won’t open. (I think) could be wrong.

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#5 posted 10-19-2021 02:18 PM

Thanks for your replies. I actually found these in the shop this morning I’m going to do a mock up first to get it right

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#6 posted 11-09-2021 03:49 AM

Either the rabbet hinges or the blum inset hinges will work for this. Just did something very similar using blum inset hinges

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