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Hinge Dowel Repair Kit

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Firm up worn hinge screw holes, fix mistakes, or replace missing screws in a jiffy with this Hinge Dowel Repair Kit! Designed for 35mm European cabinet hinges, you get eight #6 x 1/2" dowel screws and eight 8mm plastic dowels that are inserted into loose holes to provide a tight grip that keeps your hinge tight to your cabinet door.

  • Firms up loose screw holes for 35mm European cabinet hinges.
  • Makes an ideal replacement for missing hinge screws.
(8) #6 x 1/2" Dowel Screws
(8) 8mm Plastic Dowels (White)
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 0.0200
Tech Spec
  • Dowel measures 21/64" diameter by 27/64" long (or 8mm by 11mm)
  • Dowel screw is a #6 flat head screw and is 1/2" in length.
  • Drill bit size for the plastic dowel is 8 mm or 5/16"
4.6 / 5.0
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Great solution
Easy to use. Having the ability to repair things saves money and extends the new life of things.
May 26, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I received my order in rapid fashion and made the repair that same day. The product worked perfectly and the cabinet door is now hanging as if new.
April 24, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
great item
High Quality
April 20, 2020
3 months ago
Works well in MDF.
I needed to repair the holes on an interior lazy Susan hinge where the screws came out of an MDF door panel. Just drill slow and a 1/16 deeper than the dowel and press the plastic dowel into the new hole. I did have to get creative to press it on the panel and a block of wood wasn't working as the repair panel was still on the cabinet. I ended up using a small piece of tile and a regular squeeze clamp covered with tape on both to not marr the panel. It is more sturdy now with the dowels than without.
April 15, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very helpful staff
March 27, 2020
4 months ago
Fixed my cabinet door. Quick delivery
February 9, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
they are a life saver
December 22, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just what I needed.
October 2, 2019
9 months ago
Blum hinges didn’t include......
......the dowels necessary to mount the hinges in the predrilled pocket holes in the cabinet I had to purchase these. They did the trick.
August 16, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
The dowels fit perfectly and I was finally able to finish my project! The shipping time was very quick!
May 16, 2019
1 year ago
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The bottom hinge on a kitchen cabinet door needs repair; this seems like the kit to fix it. Thank you for providing it!
David C on Jun 4, 2020
This seems to be an effective solution to my hinge problem.
Glenn K on May 23, 2020
The bottom hinge on a kitchen cabinet door needs repair; this seems like the kit to fix it. Thank you for providing it!
David C on Jun 4, 2020
Had to re locate stripped holes.
Jack R on May 26, 2020
This seems to be an effective solution to my hinge problem.
Glenn K on May 23, 2020
Have used them before and they work great!
EDWARD S on May 9, 2020
The old friction fit hinges were no longer holding and wanted to upgrade to slow close. By adding the plugs we were able to install the new hinges perfectly.
Thomas U on May 2, 2020
Our cabinet door has been falling off because the old dowel and few we worn out.
Pat C on Apr 29, 2020
Dowels missing from predrilled cabinet hinge mount
John C on Mar 4, 2020
To replace dowels in cabinets.
Jeannette S on Jan 30, 2020
I needed to buy spare parts
Aaron m on Dec 24, 2019
Thanks very much
Eva C on Nov 19, 2019
Looks like exactly what I need to replace worn out plastic plugs, on heavy, double door corner unit. Better than searching local home stores!
Timothy M on Jul 16, 2019
Did not want to buy a large quantity
George R on May 4, 2019
I needed the dowels and could not find them locally. this is the only site which seems to offer them.
Donald N on Apr 29, 2019
Door hinge broke away from mounting
Lawrence R on Mar 23, 2019
I could not find anything like this in my local home improvement store. This was inexpensive and looks like it will work for my cabinet door.
Teal M on Feb 19, 2019
Cupboard door hinge screws popped out of the holes. I started looking for suitable dowels to fix this problem and this product looks like a perfect fit for the purpose. Thank you.
Chen Ji A on Feb 14, 2019
Exactly right item for oddball repair
Mitchell Wade W on Dec 22, 2018
door repair
Edward R on Dec 18, 2018
Making doors with mdf so need these for hidden hinge screws
Robert L on Nov 19, 2018
Cabinet came with hinge placed wrong.
Brittany B on Nov 15, 2018
To repair a cabinet hinge
Samuel P on Aug 13, 2018
mike on Jun 3, 2018
just what I need
JAY C on May 25, 2018
Looks like it might work.
Kevin S on May 7, 2018
To repair previous holes in door.
jcren9544 on Feb 20, 2018
Good answer to a common problem.
Raymond Z on Jan 19, 2018
Handy for worn screw holes
jorunn s on Nov 28, 2017
To replace worn out blum hinges. Newer hinges are different screw pattern, so using dowel kits for new style hinges.
Randy B on Oct 10, 2017
It is exactly what I need.
Walter S on May 18, 2017
because you don't sell plastic dowel filler parts separately
Elizabeth G on Apr 30, 2017
Needed to install replacement hinge because the door had 8 mm holes for fasteners.
James N on Mar 30, 2017
Great repair for kitchen cabinet door
John S on Dec 18, 2016
Richard B on Dec 15, 2016
Attaching hinges to mdf doors
Robert H on Dec 8, 2016
Very clear description & exact measurements helped me be sure I knew exactly what I was ordering.
Elliott A on Dec 5, 2016
Client for whom I had buiilt and installed cabinets some years ago needed to replace broken hinges, but we found that all that was needed was to repair the mountings in the door.
Darrell K on Aug 11, 2016
I believe there will be less chance of significant damage to the cabinet frame.
Richard W on Aug 9, 2016
Hope to repair a ripped out hinge on a kitchen cabinet door.
Karsten K on Apr 22, 2016
Gives a better tight connection
James M on Feb 1, 2016
Hope to resolve problem with kitchen cabinet door. The holes for the european hinges placements have become too large
Susan B on Nov 3, 2015
need a repair kit
Ray F on Oct 28, 2015
To repair a kitchen cabinet door that fell off. Not sure if it will work, but according to the other reviews I've read I'm keeping my fingers crossed
Geraldine D on Sep 12, 2015
Searching Internet for info on repairing damaged area around cup hinges, this item from Rockler appeared to be exactly what I was looking for.
David P on Jul 15, 2015
I need these for several "too big" holes and I trust Rockler.
Harvey G on Jul 15, 2015
JOHN F N on Apr 28, 2015
Had to re locate stripped holes.
Jack R on May 26, 2020
Have used them before and they work great!
EDWARD S on May 9, 2020
are dowels tapped in or pressed?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Great question..... I tapped them in and got some stress cracks ...About 20% of the holes, (painted maple).... Never thought of pressing them in ....
How do you connect the two hinge pieces?
Rick W on Sep 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think the hinge is one piece. All of them that I have worked with are one piece. Double check that there isn't a problem with the hinge.
these plastic dowels do you use glue as well because the screw is not tight?
johan on Mar 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I needed glue on 1 of 16 plugs I used.....
plastic plug comes out when opening door. A few cracks around plug. How do you repair? Can you glue plug to cabinet door (pressed wood)? If so what glue will work with plastic to wood?
Dwight M on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hum... Not sure,
I would , remove the plug, fill hole with epoxy . Then redrill the hole..
Hope that helps
what size drill hole? and how deep?
Russell W on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry I'm not any help.... I used the plugs to reinstall hinges after the cabinet manufacture took the doors to make repairs... And repaint..... He shipped the doors back with out the inserts!!!
How do remove them?
Cathy O on Dec 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi! What does the door look like now - what needs removing? Is it screws that’s won’t come out or a dowel repair gone wrong, or something else?
Hinge came loose. How to fix?
Phil D on Oct 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are a couple of ways to fix this problem...both are easy: purchase a hinge dowel repair kit and insert the plastic sleeves into the holes where screws are used to secure the hinge to the door. If that does not work, you can drill out the holes to either a 1/4” or 5/16” and glue in a small
1/4 or 5/16” wooden dowel length. Carefully trim the dowels flush with the door. You can now replace the hinge and screw into place. Good luck!
Will this work in a 1/4-1/2 “ thick mdf cabinet base?
Manny S on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hinge dowels require a minimum depth of 3/8 inch to install.
Just ordered corner pie hinge #26845 to replace older Salice hinges, but the old set had built in dowels. Will this work for the new set ?
Rogelio G on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These hinges are excellent replacements for the Salice hinges, but you will need to also purchase the plastic dowel insert kit, number 7 33175 46577 9, Hinge Dowel PK/8. This kit's plastic dowels easily fit the existing holes for the Saline Hinge and has enough dowels to use in the repair of two cabinet doors.
I just got my order and there are no installation insteuctions. Where can I get installation instuction?
Steven C on Feb 21, 2020
Somewhat over ten years ago I bought some cabinet doors from home depot. The hinges attachet to the door with inserts into a 3/8 MOL hole, and the screw was actually a cam that expanded the insert. The hole measures 0.385 inches. This is about 9.77 mm. Is there an insert that I can use to replace the older style insert?
ETHAN R on Dec 27, 2017
I need to repair some latches on some drawers that the screws keep coming out will this work and how do you keep them in?
Dwaine D on Sep 4, 2017
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