How to drill holes for hidden hinges on Cabinets


Old 05-09-06, 06:14 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 649
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
How to drill holes for hidden hinges on Cabinets

I am wanting to build some new doors for my kitchen cabinets and would like to put hidden hidges in them. Where can I find info on how to do this? What kind of bit do I use? A forstner bit? Any suggestions for a jig that will ease the job? Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Sponsored Links
Old 05-09-06, 01:11 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 6,706
Received 17 Votes on 16 Posts
Holes for cabinet hinges

Use a forsner bit. Set up a jig on your drill press. Set the depth carefully and lock in. Do a couple of trial runs on a scrap piece of stile and check for fit.
Old 05-09-06, 04:01 PM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,983
Received 53 Votes on 43 Posts
The hinges should come with a paper template for locating the holes; pretty simple if you take your time and are careful.
Old 05-13-06, 07:29 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 11
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
You can buy bits made specifically for these hinges. Check where you buy your hinges or as long as you know the size, buy them almost anywhere - make sure to get carbide - it is worth the extra cost.

Check online with Garret Wade or Lee Valley - both companies have jigs and bits for hand drills to enable you to do this precisely. Don't cheap out on a jig though - the difference could be a hole right through your door(s).

You see, there is more too it - it depends on overlay, type of hinge, maker etc - each specs the location of the hole differently depending on the application - even in one project you may have a combination of full overlay and half overlay as wells as hinges that open to different angles etc. It is important to know all this when you look for a jig so you can make sure you buy one that will do all of this.

A drill press with a fence etc is best and will produce the best results. The jig for this is very simple to build.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: