How to drill holes for hidden hinges on Cabinets

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Old 05-09-06, 06:14 AM
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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,
 
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Old 05-09-06, 01:11 PM
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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.
 
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The hinges should come with a paper template for locating the holes; pretty simple if you take your time and are careful.
 
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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.
 
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