Mounting Full-Overlay Doors

Sometimes it takes a lot of fiddling around to get an even gap between two full-overlay doors. So I use a simple technique to establish a consistent gap.

First attach the hinges to the doors. Then roughly position the doors on the cabinet frame. Next slip a steel rule (mine is 3/32" thick) between the doors and clamp them together, see drawing. The steel rule keeps a perfect gap between the two doors while you position them on the cabinet frame. When everything is aligned, simply screw the hinges to the cabinet frame.

Note: To raise the pipe clamps above the rule (and to protect the doors), I added an over-sized clamp pad to each jaw. It’s just a scrap with a hole to fit the pipe.

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