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It seems I made a grave miscalculation on the last cabinet project post. We received comments and about a dozen emails asking how we mounted the doors to our $100 cabinets. In a word — cheaply. It involves what I like to think of as the lazy door mounting system: flush mount hinges.

You can find them for as little as 90 cents a set, and they go as high as $3-$4 depending on size and finish. Most of the sets I installed are self-closing style, “antiqued” finish hinges that will run you about $2 per set of two. I had one other set of burnished nickel finished hinges sitting around that wound up on a door as well.

It really couldn’t be any easier to use these. Though not as flashy or elegant as in-door hinges you might find in cabinets, the flush hinge has the added benefit of no routing involved in the install. They also work well if you’re not completely sure on door sizes or how much space you need to leave around the edge of the doors.

Just screw in the plate to the back of the door panel frame and place the door where you want it to be with a level on top of the frame. When you’re in the right place and the door looks as straight and even with the others as it’s going to get, shoot two screws in the bracket end of the hinge and you’re good to go. It’s also a good idea to leave a touch of play until you get the other hinge installed, then tighten them both down.

If all goes well, and it should, you can do a door in about two minutes and wind up looking good and not killing an afternoon swearing up and down about crooked doors or bad planning.


5 Responses to Project: Built-In Cabinets Under $100 — Part 3a

  1. BigEdJr says:

    Thank you! You guys are awesome!

  2. kdp says:

    Don’t forget your self-centering bits (http://www.amazon.com/Rockler-3-Pc-Self-Centering-Bit-Set/dp/B001DSZ2L0/) cause Lord knows I can’t do it right four times in a row to save my life.

  3. A.Crush says:

    When I redid the kitchen cabinets with new flush mount hinges and matching knobs, I discovered that the same stuff you buy at the big box stores is available in quantity online for way less…WAY less. I found gunmetal color round knobs that weren’t even available at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and weren’t the insane prices, either. I think I paid maybe 25 cents each buying 50 pieces, and saved a bundle. Plan ahead to find what you want and order it, and a project like this can cost a lot less than you ever imagined.

  4. Adam R. says:

    @ A.Crush – any sites that you can share?

  5. A.Crush says:

    I bought the knobs on ebay. They were a buy it now, but the price was still unbeatable compared to any other site I found knobs on, and I couldn’t find the exact brushed/dark metal color to match the hinges anywhere else, so it worked out perfect. You can probably get hinges, knobs, handles, etc. all from the same seller with a deal on shipping. Most of these things are all bagged individually and the same exact made-in-China stuff Lowe’s and HD sells, too, so it’s really just paying a lower price, not getting something cheaper for less.

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