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Offline trish2

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Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« on: June 24, 2015, 05:27:53 PM »
Hi All.
Husband is going bonkers trying to find kitchen cabinets hinges that will work on our 1970's kitchen cabinets.  House is a standard track house in Southern California, L.A. area.  We've tried Lowes, HD, HD Supply and a few local hardware stores.  Nothing close to what is needed.  He's mailed away samples to two companies, one in Fargo, North Dakota and to a company in San Diego, Ca..  Both say they cannot find a match.

Does anyone know of a supplier in the L.A. area who carries hinges for these old cabinets?  There are literally 1000's of houses in our area that were built about that time, but I guess we're the only ones  who still have the original cabinets.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Trish

Offline Don_P

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Re: Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 06:19:40 PM »
Custom or factory cabinets? If factory there should be a label, track them down that way, possibly a custom hinge just for that brand. Otherwise I'd find out what brands of hardware are common there and start googling for those hardware companies catalogs, Amerock would be a probable bet here. If they are 30 year old hinges it is probably closing in on time to replace them all, then you can switch to something more widely available

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Re: Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2015, 06:33:53 PM »
Woodcraft stores usually have a lot of old wood wizards working in them.  At least all that I have been in do.  These guys usually have a answer for everything.

http://www.woodcraft.com/?gclid=COTCnbb0qcYCFVQ7gQoddsoPIg


 
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Offline trish2

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They are bldr grade cabinets; have not been able to find the name of who built them. However, when we took off the old butcher block counter top, we found a 'time capsule' hidden behind one the cabinets.  Installers must have put them there. One was a newspaper from 1976.  I checked the real estate section; houses back then were $40,000 in our community.  Now the average price is over 10 times that.

  My guess is that the manufacturer was a local company who may have long ago gone out of business.  But will double check all the drawers to see if there is some stamp on it. Thanks for the tip.

Husband has tried amerock product line. No match.  We are attempting to replace all the hinges, but there is an odd offset to the cabinet door that so far 6 different types new hinges have not been able to accommodate.

Thank you for taking time to reply
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Rick 91351  Great idea about the WoodCraft people.  There is a WoodCraft store about 1/2 hour from here.  Husband has attended several workshops there.  Will check that out.
Thanks for the suggestion.


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Re: Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 01:51:49 AM »
Try searching on ebay. I find a lot of old/vintage/retro stuff there. Sometimes you have to try different descriptions, and be patient to find what you want. I used old type tray handles in our kitchen, and wanted them to match. It took 4 months to collect the 37 I needed, since I wasn't willing to overpay for them. Now I'm collecting doorknobs and backplates for our vintage doors.
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Re: Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2015, 05:07:17 AM »
Chances are they are still out there.  But as others have said just not on the top shelf.  Here are a couple that might help.

http://www.kennedyhardware.com/

http://www.vandykes.com/default.aspx

If those don't have it I am sure if you take the time someone in this bunch will.

https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4TSNA_enUS401US438&q=Antique+cabinet+hardware

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Re: Need help finding hinges for 1970's kitchen cabinets
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 10:49:35 AM »
Architectural Salvage here in San Diego's Little Italy http://www.architecturalsalvagesd.com/ has tons of stuff like that.  You can shop online but it's worth the trip from L.A.---spend some money, we're a little short
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Hinges found---thanks to everyone for their input.
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2015, 01:42:33 PM »
After much searching, we found the hinges we needed in a hardware store about 15 miles away.  The good news is that they are the proper configuration; holes and offsets line up perfectly.  Bad news is that the metal is  light weight and flimsy compared to the 40 year old hinges.   :-\

However, it's the same with other replacements, right down to the contact paper.  Twenty years ago I lined the kitchen cabinets with contact paper.  It's worn out, understandably, so pulled it up to replace it with new contact paper.  The old stuff was literally 4 times thicker than the new stuff I just bought. The old stuff was still sticking; the new stuff is having trouble in spots.

 

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