Introduction

man installing euro style hinges inside cabinet
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Q: We'd like to install cabinet doors with concealed hinges. How do we do that? —Jeffrey Odenwald, Chesapeake, Va.

Cabinetmaker Steve Roca replies: Whether you're hanging new doors, as I'm doing here for a hallway cabinet, or swapping out old hinges, concealed or Euro-style hinges are a dream to install. Unlike the butt or knife hinges often used in kitchen cabinets, they can be adjusted along three axes with the turn of a screwdriver, so you can easily fine-tune the door's fit.

Concealed hinges can go in face-frame or frameless cabinets and on any door type—including full overlay, partial overlay, or inset—as long as the doors are at least ½ inch thick. The hinges I'm using are for frameless cabinets with inset doors. To find the hinge that will work with your door type, consult the hinge company's online brochures and customer service line. Then, with the right hinges in hand, follow the steps on the next page to install them.

Shown: Steve Roca adjusts a soft-close inset hinge to even up the gap around the door.
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    Tools List

    • pencil
      Pencil
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 35-millimeter Forstner bit
      35-millimeter Forstner bit
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • 7/64-inch self-centering bit
      7/64-inch self-centering bit
    • Phillips head bit
      Phillips-head bit
    • shims
      Shims
    • Pozidriv screwdriver
      Pozidriv screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. Concealed hinges (usually two per door)

    2. Mounting plate (one per hinge)

    3. -inch #6 wood screws (five per hinge)