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Old 02-05-2014, 03:06 PM
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Default Custom medicine cabinets - how to attach mirror to hinge? (updated with pics)

I ordered a couple medicine cabinets with no glass, just the hinge. I'm going to have some custom mirrors made and I can't figure out how to attach them to the hinge. Mirror size will be 17" wide by 26" tall. The glass shop I talked to wasn't much help, and I haven't found a whole lot of info online. I know that liquid nails makes a mirror adhesive but I'm concerned it might de-silver the mirror. I'm also trying to decide on the thickness of the mirror and whether I should glue the hinge directly to the mirror or if I'm better off mounting it to a backing plate. The glass shop suggested 1/4" thick but that seems like it would be awfully heavy. I was thinking 1/8" thick with a backer, or 3/16" thick with no backer.

What say you, wise folk?

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You can get hinges that clamp on the glass, or you can get hinges that you'll have to drill the glass. Some glass shops will do this, some won't.

Here's some choices for you http://www.richelieu.com/produit/sea...mageField.y=16

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^^^^^^^^ yup.

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Or you can use a piece of luan (sp) to bolt or rivet to the hinges and glue the mirror to it.
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Look up the very recent post about the 3M double sided tape used to attach a electronics box cover to a piano hinge. Maybe in Boating?;? Just what you need.
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Thanks. I'll look up that thread.

When I get home tomorrow I'll post some pics so you guys can get an idea of what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm going for the sleek look with no visible hardware on the mirrors.
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If there is enough surface area silicone works fine but Lexal works better.

Built a free form custom desk out of glass and stainless steel for a job and that's what is holding the legs on to the glass. Came out awesome.

Not sure if mirror mastic is strong enough to do the same thing. Might need to use a thin plate on the hinge then attach the mirror to the plate with the proper mastic. Don't use anything else on a mirror.
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I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier but how about just using good old 5200 to adhere it to the hinge?
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Three red boxes represent the mirrors. Blue line represents the edges that will be beveled (no bevels between the mirrors). The hinge is just a metal hinge. Cabinets are plastic and surprisingly sturdy. I ordered them from American Pride.

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Since you didn't like my first answer I think you should ask the mirror supplier or a local glass and mirror shop.
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Hey now. The VHB tape looks like it could be a good option. I'm thinking about a couple different options. I just want to make sure I do this right. The mirrors are expensive and I have young kids so it has to be safe as well.
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No, I was serious. Seeing the pictures makes me realize that those are large mirror and you have a small contact patch to work with. The mirrors that come with the single med cabinets are very thin and pretty light weight. The mirrors that come with the triple med cabinets are mounted to a backer and usually hinged top and bottom. Don't take a chance esp. with kidlets.
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