I bought a nice little telephone stand/cabinet at an auction sale.
It's in good shape accept for the fact that it has a broken hinge.
From what I can tell it has Soss concealed/invisable hinges. The
hinges are slighly morticed into the doors. I can get replacement
hinges from Rockler, but at $25.00 (set) U.S. plus shipping I was
hoping to find them at a more discounted price. Does anyone know of a
web site, or hardware store in the U.S. that carries the Soss type of
hinges? From what I could find on the net they are going to be
What other type of hinge could be used if you don't want it to be seen
on the outside of the cabinet?
They're actually _not_ that much more expensive than other cabinet hinges
_of_similar_quality_. There's just no such thing as a 'budget' SOSS hinge;
Pretty much any Ace Hardware can get them. They probably don't stock
'em -- though I know of a couple of "real" hardware stores (100-year-plus
family operations) that bought into the Ace co-op, who _do_ stock several
of the smaller sizes.
Google for 'soss hinge', you'll come up with a *bunch* of mail-/online-order
My Woodworkers Hardware 2004 catalog lists the entire SOSS line. From the
application, I'm guessing they're #203s, which have a price of $13+/pair
(There's also a #204 which is bigger, at $17+/pair. there's also a #103,
which is a bit smaller, at circa $11/pair.) Anything bigger than a 204
requires more than 3/4" thick stock.
The 'generic' name is a 'concealed hinge'. SOSS hinges, and "bullet' hinges
are unique in that they are _totally_ concealed -- from *either* side of the
Blum, and others make hinges that are invisible from the _outside_, but they
take up a bunch of space _inside_ the cabinet.
If by "bullet" hinges you mean the ones that fit into a drilled hole and
are held by an expansion screw, I've been meaning to try them on a
Any secrets to getting the holes aligned? Dowel centers come to mind.
Any other gotcha's or tips I should know about?
Read the installation directions that come with the hinge *carefully*.
The 'maximum offset' from the surface of the door is a _real_ limit -- set
the hinge too far back, and it will bind when opening.
Oh yeah -- when placing hinges in _unfinished_ stock, be sure to allow for
the thickness of any finish build-up on the surface of the stock. I did
a folding panel ('japanese screen' type) once, where I forgot to account for
the thickness of the wallpaper I was covering it with. Oops!
I paid about $4.00 a 10mm hinge for the bullet hinges, and I would
like to put a bullet in whoever makes them, as it was crap. First one
of the 4 broke, and those are a BITCH to get out. Then there is the
issue of slop in the mechanism, makes the jewelry box they are in look
like a hack job.
I've shown it to Steve Knight and bitched about those hinges.
I wish I had used the slot type which are larger and supposed to be
The mortise hinges are available at Lowes fairly frequently in their
specialty furniture fasteners section. I do not know the quality of
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