Hanging cupboard w/butt hinges ?

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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 10-15-2015 08:43 PM 765 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2015 08:43 PM

I am almost done making 2 cupboards. Each one has two doors that I hung with butt hinges. The first pair were as good as it gets, at least by my standards. The second pair have a problem I haven’t seen before: one door mostly closes but wants to remain 1/2” open and the second door is the same, but not as bad, it only encounters resistance at 5/16”. They will close if I push on them, but that isn’t good for hinge longevity. How do I fix this? Thanks!

-- Art

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 08:47 PM


It sounds to me that they are “hinge bound” on the back side. Did you route out behind the hinge? Was it flat? it could also be the pin in your hinge that could be bent. I would try to put one of the good doors..with the hinges on..and put them on the cabinet that is bound up. If you get better results, you know it is the hinge. If it stays that same, it is the cabinet

Good luck my friend!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 10:12 PM


I hate that when it happens. I’ve found it’s either alignment with the pin as ‘Alongiron’ mentioned or the back of door is catching on edge first. I usually joint a 1-2 degree on the hinge side of the door. Put a piece of carbon paper (who that’s a blast from the past) between edges and see what the contact points are or switch out the hinges.

May a big magnet would work. ;-)

Good luck

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#3 posted 10-15-2015 10:32 PM

I find swaging the hinges helps. Close the hinge and squeeze it in a vise leaving just the pin and knuckle portion of the hinge free of the vise.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 10:32 PM

Thanks, guys, but as I have been pondering this over an end of the day beverage, it occurred to me that it might be caused by the hinge screws hitting each other, that is, not screwed all the way in or being at an angle. I will check this hypothesis in the AM. OR I could be completely incorrect.

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 11:44 PM

Maybe the mortises are too deep and you need to shim out the hinge on the door or stile.

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 08:38 PM

Well, first you take this 10 lb maul and line it up with the hinge and ….
Please let us know the cure is …
Some really good ideas here.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 10-16-2015 09:55 PM

I looked at it again this morning and noticed the 2 of the hinges weren’t quite seated in their mortises and that was the source of the issue. I remembered that they were very tight when I did the test fitting. Anyhow, I shaved a bit off the shoulders and they fit fine.

Mike, I was ready for the maul yesterday before the adult beverage, but now all is good. haha

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

-- Art

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