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Concelled/Hidden Hinge Issue11/3/19
I installed some concelled hinges on some face frame cabinets. I installed the door tight to the cabinet. Therefore, when the door is open, all looks fine. However, when I close the door, a large gap develops on the hinge side. I can't figure out what's going on and it's driving me crazy. I tried adjusting the hinge, but it's for fine tuning, not the 1/8" gap that I have. Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
What hinge is it that you’re using? Is it a compact or a long arm? If it’s a compact, that’s just the way it is. The best compact I’ve used with regard to the “roach crack” as it’s known, would be a Salice Exenthree hinge. Most other long arm hinges should be able to achieve a tighter fit
I'm not at the location where the hinges are so don't recall the name, but it's a compact hinge. This is a pretty significant gap, close to a 1/4". This is when I have it as far back on the frame as it will go. It closes tight on the front, but the hinge side has the massive gap.
Sounds typical in my experience with a compact hinge. Not pretty
You did calculate overlay for the correct plate right ?
As the others have mentioned, this is characteristic of the compact style face frame hinges (all brands).
Kip's comment is also accurate about Salice Excenthree. The gap (L) is 4.6mm (3/16"). All of the rest can be anywhere from 5.5mm to almost 7mm. If you have a Chinese import it is likely to be close to 5/16".
The only way to resolve this is to replace the hinges with a long arm style hinge and a face frame adapter mounting plate. This will get you to about a 1.5mm (1/16") gap and you can use 1/16" door bumpers to keep everything straight.
How much do your doors overlay the face frame?
Here is what it looks like.
Best of luck,