Need help picking out hinges

jagermeisterFebruary 7, 2012

I'm going to be making some recessed medicine cabinets for my bathroom remodel. I'm going to construct the cabinet boxes out of 3/4" wood.

The boxes will then be recessed into the wall and drywall will come up to the edge of the box. I then want to use a 1" trim piece for the front of the cabinet box that will overlap the drywall by 1/4" for a nice finish. I hope that makes sense.

The "door" of the cabinet is going to be a framed mirror with the same dimensions, or slightly larger, than the final dimensions of the cabinet box with trim piece. In essence, all you will see on the wall is a hanging mirror and the cabinet will be hidden behind it.

I had planned on using frameless hidden hinges but when I went to Lowes to look at them, I could only find hinges with a 3/4" overlay. I would need an overlay of at least 1" to hide the cabinet box with trim.

Does anyone know if the frameless cabinet hinges (Blum) can be adjusted for larger overlays than 3/4". Do they make frameless cabinet hinges with larger overlays?

I've checked a couple online vendors but none of their descriptions mention anything about overlays.


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"I'm going to construct the cabinet boxes out of 3/4" wood. "

Why so thick?

Even 1/2 inch should be more than adequate.

Thickness planers are your friend..

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 11:48AM
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3/4" because Home Depot has 4'x8' sheets of cabinet grade plywood for $30. Would probabaly be the cheapest option.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 1:47PM
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A whole sheet for a medicine cabinet!?

You only need a top, bottom, two sides, and then something for the back.

You should be able to find solid wood for less than $30 for such a small job.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 10:54AM
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I agree with brickeyee. You would be left with a big unused sheet.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 9:26AM
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Well, I went back to Home Depot yesterday and looked at the 1/2" solid hardwood planks. With their pricing, just for the sides of the cabinets, the solid wood would be more than $30, then I still need a back.

My cabinets are going to be 22"x28" and I'll have two of them. They'll be roughlty 4" deep as they're going into a 2"x6" wall.

I was just thinking, for the price, a sheet of cabinet grade plywood would be the cheapest option. Maybe I'll dig a little deeper and see if I can't find some better deals on 1/2" solid hardwood.

Oh, and I don't own a thickness planer. So, another reason to go with the 3/4" plywood option?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 11:35AM
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"Home Depot yesterday and looked at the 1/2" solid hardwood planks."

Look in the yellow pages under 'hardwood' and find a real lumberyard.

The stuff at the big box stores is painfully expensive compared to a hardwood dealer.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 3:36PM
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