Easy To Install

Drilling the door and the cabinet side are the two key steps in installing concealed hinges. The cabinet door requires a 35mm-dia. mortise hole for the hinge cup. The cabinet side needs to be drilled for the baseplate.

Drilling the door. Using a 35mm bit, Levine Ixires the hole for (he hinge c up. Driving a pair of screws will install the hinge mechanism.

The large opening angle is a good choice for base cabinets. If you bump into an open cabinet door while carrying the Thanksgiving turkey, a 165° hinge will give; a 95° hinge won't. Extra swing capacity usually means extra cost and a larger mechanism, so don't use big-swing hinges if you don't need them.

Installing Hinges

Mounting the hinges is a three-step process: First, you mortise the hinge into the door. Then you screw the baseplate to the side of the carcase. Finally, you attach the hinge to the plate. Large shops have dedicated machines to drill for the hinges, but in the small shop you can get by without them.

Before drilling, lay out the centerlincs of the hinge cups and the baseplates so they'll line up when you hang the door. I usually locate hinge mortises about 3 in. from the top and bottom of the door. Manufacturers recommend using more than two hinges on doors taller than about 36 in. or heavier than 12 lbs.

Note that you have the option of attaching the baseplates with "Euro"

Concealed hinge anatomy. These hinges consist of two main parts: the baseplate (left) and the hinge mechanism.

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