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Finding the holes for European-style hinges isn’t particularly troublesome, especially if you take the time to make a simple jig, but the makers of the Hingemark think you can do it more quickly and accurately with their jig.

The jig has two stops that you fold down to catch the edge of the door when marking the holes for the hinges. When the jig is in position you just tap the spring-loaded punch labeled door. To mark the mating holes in the carcass you just fold the stops up, slide the jig into place, and tap the two punches labeled “cabinet.”

Hingemaker provides a video on their site, but it requires Windows Media Player (or a suitable plugin) to watch. Let me just begin loading Netscape Navigator… They need to get with the program and post a video everybody can easily watch, like this YouTube video I’m linking to from CabinetmakerFDM.

The Hingemark will cost you $30 before shipping.

Hingemark [Corporate Site]
Hingemark Video [CabinetMakerFDM]
Hingemark [Eagle America]

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6 Responses to Quickly Locate Holes For European-Style Hinges

  1. ttamnoswad says:

    Just a side note…when i install those tiny hinge screws into that crappy mdf/particle board, melamine covered stuff, I always put a dab of wood glue into the hole. I find that the glue will soak into the porous wood and harden it up a bit making the inevitable task of replacing the screws at a later date with a wider thread less frequent occurrence.

    Alternately….at least the doors and the hinge panel of the cabinet box should always be a real ply, not particle board junk. But considering americans current values, I expect more junk to be turned out rather than lasting quality.

  2. fred says:

    I’ve seen a trend to higher-end kitchen cabinets – away from anything that smacks of melamine or particle board – that stuff not even good enough for the laundry or utility rooom among many of the jobs we’ve been doing. Most folks seem to be influenced by This Old House – and ask us for quality cabinetry – soft closing – full extension/ hidden slides, dovetailed fronts and backs , granite, quartz, soapstone and even more exotic countertops etc. I guess that the feeling is that if they are spending the money they want it done well. – But then again we are not the guys folks choose when they’re buying stuff at the big box. While we install many prefabricated – stock cabinet jobs – we do fabicate custom – furniture-style cabinetry that we make up in our shop. We use Blum equipment and jigging.

  3. Bill says:

    This is a jig that any reasonably competent person could make in under five minutes with a piece of plywood and several screws.

  4. fred says:

    @ Bill

    I tend to agree and would not waste money on this jig. If you are only doing a few cabinets – then your money would be better spent on a quality 35mm Forstner bit for use in your drill press. We only do a few kitchens a week – don’t use jigs at all – but do rely on our Blum machine that accurately places and bores for the hinge hardware

  5. chad says:

    buy direct from Hingemrk it will not be $30.00 before shipping.

  6. tirod3 says:

    It may be easy to make your own jig to mark hinge plate screw locations – finding the dimensions for the different setups (overly vs inset etc) is the major obstacle.

    Aside from them being in metric and even having a metric pocket rule to mark them, various euro setups have different marks – or so I think, because there is so little information available. It’s no wonder so many are still used face frame cabinets with single screw hings that edge mount.

    So, what are the dimensions for a full overlay hinge mounting the plate on the side panel? Edge of panel to centerline is the critical dimension, having redrill over and over to get the soft close offset correct isn’t as easy as many make of it.

    Again – there’s very little online and almost NO hinge plate jigs, other than Hafele or Blum at $USD90.

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