I need some help figuring out how to size the shaker style doors for my kit
chen. I think that I also need to decide on which hinges I will be using so
that I can size the doors correctly. I'm counting on you guys to point me
in the right direction. As you'll see from the questions below, this is all
brand new to me.
Let's start with this picture, which is the look I am going for.
The kitchen currently has a number of single doors and 2 sets of double doo
rs, one set in the upper cabinets and one set below the sink.
I don't know the correct term, but the doors are a hybrid between inset and
overlay. Here's a shot of the inside of one of the doors:
OK, so the plan is to make the doors from 3/4" poplar and 1/4" MDF panels.
They will be full overlay. (Right?) I think I would like to use self closin
g European style hinges, unless you guys point me in a different direction
(like you did with the under-mount drawer slides). I spoke to a rep at Cor
nerstone Hardware who suggested some hinges for me to consider:
I have no idea if these will work for me. I'm not even sure if I should be
choosing 1/2", 3/8" or 3/4" overlay, but I think my only choice is 1/2". He
re is what I do know:
For the single doors...
The current single doors are no more than 1/2" wider than the cabinet openi
ng, so they only overlay about 1/4" on each side. I assume that would be ca
lled a 1/4" overlay. There is a 1.5" gap between each door. If I decide on
a 1/2" overlay, does that mean that each door will need to be built 1/2" wi
der than the door it is replacing? That would of course mean that the gap b
etween each door would be reduced to 1". That seems kind of narrow. Can the
doors be built to be 1/2" overlay on the hinge side and 1/4" on the openin
g side? Wouldn't that allow for a 1.25" gap between the doors?
For the double doors...
As you can see from the picture of the existing doors, they close tight tog
ether. In the picture of the shaker doors, there is a gap. On my cabinets,
there is no stile between the doors so I'm not sure if it is OK to have a g
ap and if so, how big it can/should be.
So, any advice you guys care to offer regarding both door sizes and hinges,
I'm open to it. I'd like to start making the doors this weekend. Thanks!