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    Hinge ripped out of PB kitchen cabinet... suggestions?

    Hey folks, how would you deal with this?
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    My youngest leaned on the cabinet door and ripped the hinge out of the Particle board side. This happened ~5 years ago also and I fixed it that time by moving the hinge down 2-3" in height.
    (So the top two holes are from back then. The lower HUGE chunk is from yesterday. That half-moon shaped piece in front of the hole is also broken and pulled out about 10-20 degrees, which isn't that visible in the photo.)

    So I don't think moving the hinge again is really an option.

    Ripping out and replacing the whole cabinet is just not in the cards right now -- too many other things on the go. The whole kitchen is not the greatest, but I don't have the funds to replace it right now, and really I want to wait until the kids are older anyways -- kids are hard on kitchen cabinets!

    So far I'm thinking about cutting out a rectangular chunk and fitting in a piece of plywood to patch it. I might then use a much larger 1/8 or 1/4" piece on the outside of the cabinet (between the cabinet and the fridge, so well hidden) to secure the patch in place.

    Here's a closeup, showing the part I'd cut out:
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    Got a better suggestion? Something simpler and quicker? Or slower and better?

    Longer term I'm thinking about taking the doors off and replacing them with two deep drawers. Might breath some more life into this cabinet for the next 5 or so years before we decide on replacing everything.

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    Short of building a new one.
    Set up a router with a flat bottom bit. Make a jig that will allow you to plow out a rectangle big enough to cover the whole damaged area. Set the depth to the bottom of the screw damage but not all the way through. Rout out the damage cut a block of maple or some thing the right thickness and the right shape. Glue said block into the hole you have made for it. Let glue set up and reinstall door.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    If that is an outside panel and that is the fridge next to it and it wasn't my house (nod, nod, wink, wink). . . I would drill clearance holes where the hinge screws go, put a piece of backer board between the panel and the fridge and screw right through the end panel and into the backer. Shhh, don't tell anyone but, the kids might not be quite done with that cabinet door yet ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    If that is an outside panel and that is the fridge next to it and it wasn't my house (nod, nod, wink, wink). . . I would drill clearance holes where the hinge screws go, put a piece of backer board between the panel and the fridge and screw right through the end panel and into the backer. Shhh, don't tell anyone but, the kids might not be quite done with that cabinet door yet ;-)
    thats got some truth to it but i think, chucks idea is the best for this instance..or take and make your drawer set up now..
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    Maybe put it up or down to the hinge. quail new hole in the door.

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    Follow Chuck's advice. He's steering you right.
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    Art I just noticed the line you put on the second pic. Use that line for your repair. Come in a good 1/2" to 3/4" from the front. To clamp your patch in you could cut a stick just a bit bigger than the inside of the cabinet, and wedge it from the wall of the cabinet to the patch until the glue sets.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    I like your idea, Chuck.... but I'm just trying to think of how I'm going to hold that heavy Hitachi M12v SIDEWAYS without it slipping and falling. (after that "Bad Things"tm happen...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ..or take and make your drawer set up now..
    The nice thing about the patch idea is that it would still work with the drawer setup. Though if I went straight into drawer making, the patch might not be needed, depending on slide location.
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    Well if you can't run that one. It gives you a reason to go buy this http://www.google.com/products/catal...8gIwAg#:thumb:
    Better yet http://www.festoolusa.com/products/r...er-574266.html
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    Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 03-21-2010 at 08:19 PM.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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