Kitchen Cabinet Door Hinge Plunge Rebuild
Kitchen cabinet doors typically from the 1980s to now are made with a "plunge hinge" system that includes a slot cut into the edge of the door. This type of hinge is sometimes referred to as "demountable hinges". It's common for the door to be shattered from misuse.
We repair them!
The goal is to save the door to save the kitchen.
WE HAVE THE SPECIALTY TOOLS REQUIRED FOR THIS REPAIR!A common style of door hinging system is called a "plunge hinge" or a "de-mountable hinge". A special machine, invented by Amerock, cuts a plunge into the side of the door for each hinge and another machine cuts the slot required into the cabinet case.
Cabinet makers like the system because it was quick, easy, and allowed adjustments of the door up/down, sideways, and in/out.
The problem is that due care might not have been taken in cutting the plunge slot into the back edge of the door, thereby cutting it too thin. Another was to use the system on door materials not intended such as particle board or mdf board. Worse of all is the use of the concept on pantry doors with can good storage compartments hanging on them and they get overloaded.
The damage comes from slamming the door hard, leaning on the door while reaching into lower cabinets, or small kids climbing on the door to reach upper cabinets.
The proper repair is cut away the total damage area from top to bottom along the back outside edge. That usually includes an area about 1 1/2" wide x 3/8" deep; called a "rabbet" in the trade.
We then insert a new matching lumber piece sized to fit, apply an approximate stain, and then replunge the door.
The typical cost is $150 to $300 but is usually about $150 with approximate stain match touchup.
Pantry doors with 3 hinge areas and/or can storage compartments are somewhat more.
SPECIAL NOTE: MDF DOORS are more common lately. The fracture may extend much further onto the back of the panel. It may be repairable but at higher cost. However, sometimes the fracture is so deep that the material we must cut away would cut thru the front of the raised panel area and therefore can not be repaired.
See Examples of Previous Projects in the Door & Drawer Repair Gallery.
Repairing wood furniture is what we do all day long.
We are good at it and we do it right the first time!
Bring in your item and let us discuss the options for restoring it.
WANT A BID? A picture is worth a thousand words!
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION AND A COUPLE OF PHOTOS:
Send us an email and attach your photos. Remember to include your question or description of your problem.
Please include in your email:• Name
• Email Address
• Billing Address
• City, State, Zip Code
• Daytime Telephone
• Alternate Telephone
• Question or Description of your problem
Note: Please attach photos to your email. Do not Copy & Paste them into the body of the email. We will not see them.
WHEN TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR ITEM FOR YOUR EMAIL INQUIRY:
- Have good lighting and move closer to the item. Folks tend to stand too far away.
- Mark the damages or special aspects with something like masking tape.
- Take an overall photo of the whole item. For example, the dining table.
- Take a close-up photo of any special areas. For example, the gouge to the top.
- Take photos from various angles. For example, from the left and from the right or from opposite side of table since light reflection "plays tricks".
FOR DOORS OR DRAWERS:
Take a picture from the front also showing a side, then take a picture from the back also showing the other side.
Take a close up of any details or repairs needed. It is that simple.
UPS shipments are gladly received for such repairs. 2-4 week turn around.
Use your friendly Brown or Kinko store to pack and ship.
We'll call you with final bid and likely pay return shipping if your carton is reusable.
Ask us about custom woodworking, wood furniture replacement parts, new cabinet doors and drawers and exterior wood shutters. We also have cabinet door appliance panel kits for dish washers, trash compactors and refrigerators.
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