I am in the process of refacing my kitchen cabinets during which I am
also replacing all of the cabinet hardware. I have face-frame
cabinets. The old hinges are 1/2" overlay partial wrap self-closing
hinges. I would have no problem re-using them except for the fact
that I am replacing the pulls with a different finish. I am having a
heck of a time finding this type of hinge in a brushed satin nickel
finish (the same as my pulls). So my questions to you guys, the pros,
1) Anyone know of a place where I can find this type of hinge in the
finish I am looking for?
2) I have read a lot about European-style hinges which are
fully-concealed. I'd love to use those but they all seem to require
drilling a mortise(?) (sorry, I'm not sure of the correct terminology)
in the doors themselves so they can be installed properly.
Unfortunately I do not have the tools nor the woodworking skills to do
that on my own. Are there similar hinges that would not require this
extra step? I've seen "non-mortise" fully-concealed hinges but I am
not sure if they will work with my specific set up here (plus they're
pretty expensive, $6.99/pair, and I'm on a pretty strict budget!)
Thanks ahead of time for all of your help!
if you are interested in the European style hinges, have a look at
www.hettich.com or www.haefele.com. They are the leading suppliers. You
don't need to cut mortises for the classical European hinges, it is just a
blind hole to be drilled with a forstner bit.
This can be done easily with any drill-press or even free hand.
Regards from old Europe
Normally just a 1-3/8" hole drilled 1/8" in from the out side edge of the
door and 1/2" deep. I use Blum hinges from Woodworkers Supply and pay about
$1.17 each in even quantities of 50.
I almost exclusively use this type hinge now. The hole is best drilled with
a flat bottom Forstner bit.
Checked Rockler, or Lee Valley? The fully concealed Euro-type hinge needs a
flat-bottomed hole in the door, usually, what, an inch and three-eighths by a
half-inch deep? There's $15-$20 there for the Forstner bit, and Rockler sells a
jig that allows you to use a hand-held drill motor to get reasonable results...
Work at your leisure!
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