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    Default Blum Insert Hole Boring - Template Ideas

    I've had a number of vinyl wrap cabinet doors made up and bored for concealed hinges but the manufacturer only bored the 35mm holes, without the 8mm holes either side. It looks like the door cores are MDF. I'm using Blum Inserta 110 deg soft-close hinges (already purchased).

    I'm aware of various Blum templates but they seem pricey, especially for the small number of hinges I need to mount (~30). Any ideas for a simple template to mark out and maybe bore the additional holes? I think I've got the measurements from the Blum catalogues so can probably mock something up.

    The cam mounting plates also include a split dowel/plug ("Exando"?); should I drill for that diameter, which I believe is 5mm?

    Will experiment on some scrap first, methinks. Welcome your thoughts though.

    Hinge1.jpgHinge2.jpg

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    take the doors back get the job done correctly.
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    We made a jig at work for this exact purpose; a piece of 1.5mm thick aluminium (MDF will do fine, we used ally for durability) with a 35mm plug fixed to it that went in the hole so the edge of the jig was flush with the edge of the panel and 2 guide holes in the appropriate place for the 8mm holes.

    Alternately, just mark them out and drill them manually.

    The hinge plates are 5mm holes with 32mm spacing (from memory they're 37mm back from the front edge of the cabinet).

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    For anyone interested, this is the layout I've come up with--taking dimensions from the Blum catalogue and figuring out a few of the dimensions which aren't noted (edge to centre of 8mm holes). Haven't road tested as yet but will give it a shot tomorrow. Hinge.PNG

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    Quote Originally Posted by michhes View Post
    dimensions which aren't noted (edge to centre of 8mm holes
    Just FYI, this dimension is not listed because it's not fixed. While 5mm from the edge of the 35mm hole to the edge of the panel is generally the dimension used, it is not always 5mm, this is why they reference the 8mm holes from the centre of the 35mm hole only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elanjacobs View Post
    Just FYI, this dimension is not listed because it's not fixed. While 5mm from the edge of the 35mm hole to the edge of the panel is generally the dimension used, it is not always 5mm, this is why they reference the 8mm holes from the centre of the 35mm hole only.
    Very fair point!

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    Kreg could be your answer, $45 total tools
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    I had a crack at making my own template but couldn't for the life of me get it as spot on as it must need to be. So I bought the Blum drilling template for about $45 and was able to very quickly get the job done. I didn't realise but it can be used to bore holes for both Inserta and regular screws, and can also be used for drilling mounting plate screw holes. It also includes depth stop collars (secured with a set screw) and a setup guide built into the sliding fence. The sliding fence is really easy to use too. Altogether, very nicely idiot-proofed )

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    So the Kreg jig also comes with the drill bit? Seems like I might be in the market for one also [emoji3]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Stinkalot View Post
    So the Kreg jig also comes with the drill bit? Seems like I might be in the market for one also [emoji3]
    The one oddity of the Blum template I bought is that it's not for the main 35mm hole--it assumes that's already been drilled (which was the case for me). Drilling that hole is straightforward using the centre spur of a 35mm forstner. No drill bits included, only the depth collars.

    The Kreg jig looks like it would be pretty good for getting the main cup hole drilled accurately (especially the depth) and it seems to do the mounting screw holes too. Not sure it does the 8mm inserta holes though? Good price if it includes the fortner bit... think I paid close to that for a CMT-branded bit from Carbatec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyz View Post
    take the doors back get the job done correctly.
    Tony

    I agree with you on this knowing how simple it is when you have the right machine. Allow 30 seconds to drill each set of holes. Normally all three holes would be drilled simultaneously: Still only takes thirty seconds per group of holes including positioning.

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