Installing new kitchen cabinet door hinges can spruce up old or rusty, outdated hardware. One of the most common types of door hinges is a mortise hinge. A slight indentation is cut in the door to install this hinge. It is possible to install a kitchen door hinge with a few basic materials without needing to hire a professional to do the job.
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Things you need
- Cabinet door hinges
- Measuring tape
- Hand Drill
Determine the desired location of the hinges on the cabinet door. Hold each hinge against the door and mark the perimeter with a pencil. Check that each hinge is level with a measuring tape or other straight edge.
Cut the mortise or indentation with a chisel and hammer. The mortise should be the same depth as the hinge. Repeat the first two steps for each hinge.
Draw a mark for the position of the screw for each hinge. Create pilot holes in the cabinet door with a hand drill for the screws. Install the screws with a drill.
Hold the cabinet door in place over the cabinet opening. Mark the perimeter of each hinge leaf on the cabinet frame with a pencil. Cut the mortise with the chisel and hammer as you did on the cabinet door.
Draw marks with a pencil for the location of the screw on the mortise locations on the cabinet frame. Create pilot holes with a hand drill. Install the screws and hinges with a drill on the marks you drew.
Test the cabinet door to make sure it works correctly.
Tips and warnings
- Cut slowly with the chisel so you do not splinter the wood.
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