If you build cabinets with doors, you’ll eventually find yourself thinking about hinges. If you go for a traditional look, you might choose butt hinges with a decorative finial. However, butt hinges can be tricky to adjust, and their application is often limited to certain types of doors. On the other hand, concealed hinges (also known as Euro hinges) are available in dozens of self-closing configurations. A mounting plate connects the hinge and the door to the cabinet face frame or, in the case of frameless cabinets, to the interior cabinet wall. Options for the amount of door swing, from 95° to 170°, make designing customized storage an easier task. Best of all, the hinges are adjustable, often in three directions.
Concealed hinges require a flat-bottomed hole drilled in the back of the door stile. The depth and location of the hole vary according to hinge type, but the diameter is usually 35 mm. If the door is to have a profiled edge, make sure that the router bit doesn’t cut into the hinge hole (or vice versa).
Holes for concealed hinges can be drilled with any of several jigs that work in conjunction with a handheld drill. The jigs can be adjusted to various door configurations, and they range in price from under $50 to nearly $300.