Graphical Construction Glossary >> Doors. >> Door Hinges >> Cabinet Door Hinges
Below is a sketch of a plan section through some hinges to explain the terms Overlay and Inset .
So when selecting hinges get the help of an expert or use the manufacturers printed data, as it is easy to get confused. They all look very similar in the package. It may sound confusing, but the fact that the manufactures (the good ones at least) provide so many combinations of hinges is what makes modern cabinets so versatile.
On of the great benefits of modern cabinets is their easy modularisation. Here we see the hinge for the bi-fold door section of a corner module.
The images above introduce what cabinetmakers call a Blind Corner. That is a section of the front of a cabinet that is fixed. Not a movable door. These are fairly rare but they do give extra space in wardrobes without adding to the weight of the doors.
If you compare the two you will also see the difference between the overlay and inset types of hinges.
The clip-on hinge comprises of two main parts, the hinge which is mounted in a circular hole in the door and the mounting plate which is fixed to the cabinet. In the sketch above the mounting plate is a common form known a Cruciform Plate , (like a cross).
Above is a sketch showing the methods of adjusting the hinges. The only tool needed is a small phillip's head screwdriver.
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