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I want to build a cabinet with a face frame and inset doors. I want to have a 3mm even reveal on every side of the door. The hinges are also 3mm thick. How do I achieve an even reveal?

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  • 3mm is really large for a cabinet! That's the kind of gapping I'd expect to see around a room door. But to address your query, how is an even reveal achieved in any other context? – Graphus Feb 17 at 22:39
  • @Graphus what size of the reveal would you suggest? I never built a cabinet, a door or used hinges but understand the width of the door should be the size of the opening minus 2x desired reveal on each side. But I dont know how hinges work. How deep shall I go when routing out for the hinges? If I route out 3mm on the frame and 3mm on the door, will I then get 0mm reveal on the hinge side and 6mm reveal on the right side? Assuming the door is 6mm narrower than the opening. – MLEN Feb 18 at 7:21
  • For a cabinet I think you generally want to aim for 1/16" (or less for finer work). A 16th translates to 1.5mm, so nearly exactly half of what you were planning, and aiming for ~1mm reveals is pretty normal in cabinetmaking instruction over here. – Graphus Feb 18 at 11:12
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    @Graphus Thanks for pointing this out before I started cutting. – MLEN Feb 18 at 12:43
  • Are you absolutely stuck on an inset door? A modest overlay is much more forgiving. (And I say this as a working professional carpenter that has built kitchens from scratch with inset doors.) – Aloysius Defenestrate Feb 20 at 16:49

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