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What is a Mounting Plate?

mounting plateA mounting plate is the part of a hinge, handle or latch that mounts the hardware to a cabinet. Mounting plates make it easier to attach doors to frames.

A mounting plate is the portion of a hinge that attaches to the wood. Mounting plates can be used in doors, cabinetry and furniture. They can also make it easier to assemble drawer slides. Mounting plates are available in a variety of sizes and finishes to ensure that each project has suitable hardware. The size of the mounting plate affects the door overlay, so carpenters must be careful to choose the correct hinges for their projects. Incorrect sizes may cause gaps or overlapping doors. There are also mounting plates on the market that are designed to be hidden from view, which can enhance the appearance of cabinetry. Some types of hidden hinges are installed inside the cabinet, while others are inlayed for a flush fit.

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