I have just installed a Wood-Mode kitchen and am having a problem with
the cabinet doors not fully opening where mounted next to my fridge,
stove, corner, or overlay. While the doors/hinges have been "tuned"
as close together in the middle as possible, they will only open <85
degrees before they "pinch". The doors are Beacon Hill raised panel
on a framed base. Why would the design be so tight that a cabinet
door could not fully open at least 90 degrees next to a wall or other
protrusion? Is there anything that can be done? These are expensive
cabinets and I am afraid my contractor is about to tell me...that's
the best we can do.
Should he have planned for a filler next to these protrusions so the
cabinet is not butted to the one next to it? I have seen many
kitchens with similar design and the doors always open at least 90
degrees.... Any help for me or my contractor before we end up in an
If anyone knows how to reach Wood-Mode, please pass on that
information. I think they should know the issues I am running into
with this tight tolerance.
Can someone suggest the right hinge for a framed cabinet using these
doors. Truly, they have adjusted as best they can and I still cannot
open doors enough to pull out drawers without hitting door. There
must be a solution and my contractor has not found it. His solution
is to add another hinge at the top or bottom so the door will stop
before it pinches which will ultimately dent the doors in the
corner... not the right answer.
Also, the Wood-mode website does not have a phone number or address
for email? does anyone have that information?
From the website, they identify the town, and state, they're in.
Using <http://www.switchboard.com , searching for a business-name
"wood-mode", in the state of PA, turns up three listings.
Amazingly, the 1st one matches the town name, from the web-site.
Identifies itself as the 'corporate offices',
*and* has a phone number.
"the numerical answer is left as an exercise for the student." <grin>
Thanks to all who have educated me on the use of the web! and for
Wood-mode's contact info... If I was proficient at this, I would not
have spent the last 7 hours studying more than I cared ever to know
about concealed Euro hinges for partial inset overlay framed doors.
Still don't know what the right answer is, but, at least I could
converse with my contractor today to convince him.... the hinge is the
answer, before they tear out the cabinets, take another three inches
off (and drawers), order new doors and add a filler.
You've been great! And I think I'll spend more time researching
contractors next time as well... this has been a nightmare.
I'll keep you posted
Adding another hinge to the doors isn't the answer. Is the door stile,
on the hinge side, hitting the stile of the carcass when you open it
(what you are calling pinch)? If so it sounds like the doors are warped,
the carcass may be racked, or the hinges aren't set out far enough on
the carcass stile.
Have you talked to the supplier/distributor about this yet? That would
be my first call.
An unkind remark is like a killing frost. No matter how much it warms
up later, the damage remains.
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