I want to replace all cabinet doors in the house with soft closing euro hinges (while I am replacing cabinet doors from partial overlay to full overlay).
The existing hinges are demountable type that have a T-slot cut in the face frame.
I will have to patch the T slot in some way and with structural integrity to take euro hinge base plate - specifically, the base plate of these euro hinges goes on the front of the face frame.
There are two options I can think of:
1. fill the T slot with some sort of epoxy / sawdust goop, sand down to make it uni-body with face frame
2. cut out the T slot completely with a larger rectangular notch, glue a piece of wood in it that notch of same size, finish with wood filler and sand and make uni-body with face frame.
The face frame is eventually going to be painted, so I am not very worried about disparity after finish - a primer coat should hide any such differences.
So the main question is - which of the above two methods would be structurally more sound to accept euro hinge base plate right on that location ? Any other suggestions ?
Attaching a link to what the T slot of demountable hinges look like:
With hinge still in place:
With hinge removed: