the closed and open position for a hinge

I cannot visualize how a hinge can have two pieces of wood butted together with no gap and allow one piece to sit inside the other when at 90°

Note that the underside of the wood cannot have any protrusions, so the hinge cannot go there. Also, this is 1/4"|6mm boards, so I'm planning on gluing the hinge to the wood

This feels like a solved problem, but I don't know what to look for


UPDATE: I'm going with Jasen's answer: making the planks themselves the hinge

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  • panel hinges like used for kitchen cabinets can do this, but on on 1/4" boards, they need 3/4" they use a complicated lever mechanism to achieve this.
    – Jasen
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 20:44
  • LMGTFY: euro hinge Commented May 4, 2020 at 20:50
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    can you turn the boards into the hinge by making a square notched joint and pinning it?
    – Jasen
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 20:55
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    The euro would not work because the board are only 1/4" thick. Commented May 4, 2020 at 21:19
  • @Jasen: you are the Answer! If you want credit, please submit as an answer Commented May 6, 2020 at 0:01

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You could go down to your local woodworking shop and ask for a full overlay hinge for thin materials. They should point you toward a beast like this:

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Looks like this closed:

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Picture courtesy of https://tddhardware.com/

  • It's a good answer, but 1/4" is 6mm, not 8mm In my case, the box is only 60mm wide, so the hinges would take up most of the width, and that won't work for me Commented May 5, 2020 at 21:58
  • When close at 90^, it would have no gaps, but open to the 180^ position, there would be a gap. Commented May 6, 2020 at 2:01
  • @Programmer66, yes they are designed to move the door out of the way so as not to limit use of the full interior cabinet width. Commented May 6, 2020 at 2:53
  • @Richard Haven, yes the expanding post fasteners are for thicker material, but you said you wanted to glue it anyway so you would just forego using the supplied fastener system. I happen to be rather sceptical of the entire idea in any case, due to the constraints imposed by the design. @Jansen;s idea is lovely though... Commented May 6, 2020 at 2:54

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