|Forum topic by Murdock||posted 07-15-2015 03:15 PM||410 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
07-15-2015 03:15 PM
I am working on a design for a cabinet to hold kids art supplies.
I plan to have some ‘stuff’ hanging on the inside of the doors, currently I am thinking about removable cups for things like pencils and paint brushes, a metal board to hold small magnetic containers, and a hanging ‘magazine rack’ to hold sticker sheets, coloring books, etc.
I expect the heaviest door to be < 25 lbs, but of course the doors won’t all be loaded the same. I am currently thinking full overlay doors that will most likely be 18” x 30”.
I have considered just doing something like a piano hinge, but soft-close is very desirable to me in this application to help keep from rattling the stuff on the doors and to save small fingers from pinches.
The one reference that I could find about hinge loads said I was right in the middle of needing 3 or 4 hinges per door if I use soft close European style hinges.
I guess the real question is, will 3 hinges handle the weight and still soft close, and what about lighter doors or when stuff is taken off the door and it weighs, say, 10 lbs instead of 25, will the door still close properly?
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