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Once you have determined what type of cabinet door you are installing and what type of hinge you will be using, you are ready to install. This process may seem daunting, but it is actually pretty easy. If you haven’t already, check out what tools and materials you may need.

For our sample installation, we will illustrate how to install a butt hinge. Butt hinges can be mortised or non-mortised, concealed or visible. The following process is for installing butt hinges mortised into solid wood cabinet doors, and also mortised into the frame.

1) On the cabinet door, measure for the location of all hinges.

2) If you plan to mortise your hinge then you will want to position each hinge on the door and mark the perimeter of the hinge with a pencil. Then gently cut out the mortise within the perimeter of the mark with a chisel and hammer. The mortise should only be as deep as the hinge leaf.

To the left we have marked the perimeter with a pencil and have begun to chisel out the area inside.

 

3) Repeat the first two steps for each of the cabinet doors.

4) Next, mark the location of the screws on each of the hinge locations. You may want to drill pilot holes, although this isn’t necessary. Then install the screws.

To the left we have the hinges mounted on the cabinet door and our pilot holes have been drilled on the cabinet frame.

5) Now hold the door in place over the cabinet opening. Using a pencil mark the perimeter of each leaf that will attach to the cabinet frame. Just as before, carefully cut out the mortise to the depth of the hinge. You must remember to be careful because it is possible for the wood to splinter as you chisel.

6) Finally, mark the location of the screws on each of the hinge locations. You may want to drill pilot holes, although this isn’t necessary. Then install the screws.