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Well-Engineered Hardware that's a Cinch to Install and Adjust

by Paul Levine

Hidden beauty. Concealed hinges eliminate the need tor a face frame. Mounted on the inside of the cabinet door and against the carcase side, the hinges are out of sight when the door is closed.

I remember being apprehensive the first time I used concealed hinges in a cabinet. With their cups, clips and interlocking arms, the mechanisms didn't look anything like the simpler cabinet hinges I had used in the past. And the installation details—drilling a round hole instead of chiseling a mortise—were similarly unfamiliar.

But it didn't take any more than that first job to win me over. Today, I always try to sell customers on the merits of Euro-style cabinetry and concealed hinges. This type of hinge is actually part of a well-designed firamcless cabinet system that offers many advantages over traditional face-frame cabinetry. (See sidebar, page 53.) In this article, I'll dis-cuss how concealed hinges work, how to select the right type of hinge, and how to install and adjust the typical concealed hinge.

Before we get to the details, here are some general characteristics and capabilities that make concealed hinges unique. Despite their intricate appearance, concealed hinges are easy to install. Very little is required in the way of special equipment, although there arc different jigs available. And once you've hung the cabinet door, these hinges can be adjusted to make the door fit squarely and evenly.

The first thing you'll notice about concealed hinges is that most come in two parts: the hinge itself and the mounting plate, which is also called the baseplate. (Sec bottom photo, opposite page.) The hinge is set into a mortise in the back of the door; the baseplate is screwed to the inside of the ease. To mount the door to the case, you simply attach the hinges to

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