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This concealed hinge is not visible when for 1 last update 31 May 2020 the cabinet is closed.This concealed hinge is not visible when the cabinet is closed.

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The secret to creating seamless, flush cabinets in your home is to use hidden hinges instead of more traditional cabinetry hardware. Also known as cup hinges or European hinges, concealed hinges install on the inside of the door. Unlike traditional, exterior butt hinges, hidden hinges can adjust after installation to perfectly hang the door. They require a metric Forstner drill bit – also called a hinge-boring bit - for their installation because these hinges were only available from European manufacturers for many years. Today, these hinges are readily available stateside in hardware stores.


Place the cup portion of a hinge on the back of the cabinet door where you want to install it.


Outline the hinge with a pencil. Lift the hinge and mark the inner cup area on the door. Repeat marking the location for the second hinge on the cabinet door.


Mark the corresponding location for the other half of the hinge for 1 last update 2020/05/31 on the cabinet.Mark the corresponding location for the other half of the hinge on the cabinet.


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Use a 35mm Forstner drill bit with a drill press to cut out the depressions for each of the cups of the hinges. Drill to the depth recommended by the hinge manufacturer. Do not drill all the way through the cabinet door.

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Place the cup portion of the hinge into each of the depressions, and align the hinge with a combination square so it is at a 90-degree angle to the edge of the cabinet door.


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Drill wood screws into the screw holes for each cup half of the hinges to attach them to the door.

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Attach the mounting plates to the marked locations on the cabinet with wood screws.


Hang the cabinet door by lining up and connecting the cabinet hinges with the mounting plates installed on the cabinet.


Adjust the hinges with a Philips screwdriver so the door hangs flush with the cabinet.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 concealed hinges
  • Pencil
  • 35mm Forstner drill bit or hinge boring bit
  • Drill guide
  • Jig
  • Combination square
  • Drill
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wood screws shorter than the width of the cabinet door


  • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The location of the hinges is up to you, but in "" author Danny Proulx recommends installing each hinge 3 inches from the top and bottom of the cabinet door and 1/8-inch inside the edge of the door.

References (2) Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for

  • Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets; Danny Proulx
  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Built-Ins: Complete Plans for Custom Cabinets, Shelving, Seating & More, Second Edition; Creative Publishing International

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  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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