Greene inspired Night Stand #17: Glue up + fitting and hanging doors

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 06-30-2008 12:58 AM 4831 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Door glueup and Brusso knife hinges Part 17 of Greene inspired Night Stand series Part 18: Making Drawers »

In my last entry I mortised Brusso knife hinges into the case. The next step is glueing up the case and then fitting/hanging the doors. Here are a few photos of that process.

First I cleaned off the bench and layed the back and two sides out in sequence. The sides were already glued up in my last entry. The back has a center stile so it needed to be glued in place. That is why the back is dissasembled.

Glue on the back stile tenons, rail tenons and left side mortise. Push it together.

Glue the dust panel and bottom on. This includes the two stretchers which are attached as an assembly.

Glue for the left side, clamp it up and wait about 45 minutes.

Something to note here. I put the knife hinges in place for this glue up so the little sliver on the tenon side would have something to hold it tight against the leg.

Here is what it looked like after the clamps came off and the glue was all cleaned up.

I used pieces of laminate to shim the doors in place. I used my jointer to fit the doors taking very small amounts off (~1/64”) in a pass.

I clamped each door to the front of the bench so the router would have plenty of surface to rest on and routed out the hinge mortises. Then I fit them with a chisel.

This is what the doors look like closed.

And open.

I am extremely happy with the way this turned out. The knife hinges were a little intimidating but they turned out not to be much harder than butt hinges. I would recommend them to anyone wanting a nice clean look. I couldn’t really find any good instructions for installing them on the internet except on some premium sites. Maybe I will blog a real how to after this project is complete.

Off to the shop again. I have one more set of doors to fit.

-- Scott - Chico California

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-30-2008 01:07 AM

That’s really NICE!

Very good pics & description.

Those hinges look good too… yes, a How To would be nice. It’s good your bench allows you to clamp right up to the top like that!

Thanks for keeping us updated…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 06-30-2008 01:21 AM

Very nice out come Chico.
I like the way you addressed the grain as well. Many forget this step and it spoils the effect.
Makes me want to go out to the shop and keep finishing the place.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 06-30-2008 01:41 AM

Very good job….. I would like to make a comment but since you are finish I will not but have a good look at your doors and the bottom rail

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#4 posted 06-30-2008 01:59 AM

You’r freakin me out man! I am looking for something obviously wrong but I don’t see it (getting out measuring tools and heading out to shop)


-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 02:15 AM


I just finished reading through this entire series and man this project is amazing! The blog is very very detailed which I love but even more is your work and craftsmanship. I cannot wait to see the next installment. These night stands are going to be beautiful.

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Greg Wurst

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 02:19 AM

Looks very nice. I’ve looked at those hinges before and also felt intimidated, so I’d like to see a blog on their install myself.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 02:26 AM

Ah, finally got my new issue of “Chico Woodnut” featuring Greene & Greene projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 06-30-2008 04:29 AM

Looks good!!! I cant wait to see it all done. Great job so far. Keep up the good job.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Grant Davis

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 02:19 PM

That is a very nice piece and a nice tutorial of your work progress. thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#10 posted 06-30-2008 07:23 PM

Looks great to me!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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John Fry

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#11 posted 07-01-2008 04:59 AM

Great job Chico,

I must admit that the first set of knife hinges I did were on a Krenov style cabinet. I mortised the doors and case prior to construction and felt I had everything “nailed” as far as accuracy goes. But Oh no! Once it was all assembled, I was gluing tooth picks into the screw holes so I could re-drill and tweak the positions until I got them perfect. And I did that several times too.

My second set went much better and I don’t know why.

Your cabinet looks great!

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#12 posted 07-01-2008 05:38 AM

Great looking cabinet. The doors look fantastic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 07-30-2008 06:55 AM

Very good job.Very good pics and description.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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