Our laundry room is moving along nicely but I’ve added another quick project! When we removed the cabinet doors I realized I really wanted concealed hinges installed before we put them back up. The husband just loves making me happy (or is it that he loves playing with new tools?)so he installed them for me. At first he was worried it wouldn’t work because our cabinet doors are quite thin, but where there’s a will there’s a way(my will, his way)!
These cabinets had old hinges that were not concealed.
They were probably the original cabinets and hinges , from 1986, so an update was long overdue.
I asked Mike to write up some instructions for everyone. So here we go!
How to Install Concealed Hinges on Cabinet Doors
1/2” Concealed Mortise Hinges
Align Right Mortising Jig
(Includes 35mm Forstner drill bit and marking jig)
(I am also using the Miles Craft 2002 AccuDrillMate)
Drill bit 8mm
Mark on the inside of your cabinet door where you want the hinge to be located using the marking jig. Align the jig according to directions. (Tip: instead of marking with pencil, use an awl to create a small dimple in the wood. This gives your drill bits a good starting point and helps the bit from wandering).
Drill out the two dowel/screw holes 1/2” deep using the 8mm drill bit.
Drill out the hinge hole 1/2 deep using the 35mm Forstner bit.
(Tip: drill out each on a scrap piece of wood to 1/2 “ then mark the stopping point on each bit with drill stop-collar or you can mark with painters tape around the bit).
Clean out holes and press the hinges into place and lightly Tap around the hinge until secured in place.
Tighten the screws and you are ready to hang the cabinets!
Here is what the cabinet doors look like now! I just love how this small change really makes the cabinets more upscale and modern. As you can see we also painted them and added trim. You can learn how to extend your cabinets to the ceiling in our blog post here.
The next project in the laundry room is adding trim to the ugly garage door. We are adding simple trim and then painting the door to match the cabinets. This is another project I added to our simple laundry room update. 😉
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