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12-09-2009 08:52 AM

I am building 6 storage cabinets for my church and I am having a hard time finding hinges that will work. The cabinets are 5’ tall, 44” wide and 32” deep. I know, that’s really deep, they even want them stacked to be 10’ tall. Most of the shelving will be used to store rubbermaid type bins, so the size works for that. The doors for these monsters will be about 22” x 60” and I’d like to keep the cost down and use mdf to make the raised panels and maybe pine or poplar for the rails and stiles. These will be heavy doors! They need to be able to be locked, so regular door hinges with pins won’t work.

that’s my delima. any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated

thank you


-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 10:33 AM

I have some ball bearing hinges I got for a project that doesn’t have a removable pin. They can take hundreds of pounds also.

Check these out. All have non-removable pins.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 02:15 PM

They have alot of great stuff.

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 02:50 PM

why not use the euro hinges…......4 per door and get the 107 degree self closing

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 03:04 PM

If these doors are inset , all you have to do is put a pin in the door edge ,top and bottom and a hole in the jamb. The doors now can’t move up or down if the hinge pins are removed.

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 04:13 PM

I use the euro hinges as stated by roman, we get blum 107 inserta full overlay for 2.00 counting the base plate. Not sure if that is what you want or not though. I will say that the mdf panel should be good but you might consider a soft maple or even a hard maple for the frame, or at least something harder then poplar for such a big door. Poplar is very soft and I don’t see it as being that great when you want to depend on it structurally. I have not worked with pine much at all in my time but from what I know pine is also soft.

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 02:21 AM

Jerry makes a good point. euro hinges would work fine. For that size door and using a mdf panel, you should probably use 4 hinges per door as roman suggested. Like Jerry said, use maple for your stiles and rails. Poplar or pine is going to be too soft and won’t hold up well with that big of a door. Soft Maple is a great wood to work with and very strong (Really not that big of a difference in hardness from soft to hard maple.)

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 05:52 AM

How about A piano hinge They handle the weight and it would be tough to remove the pin if at all.

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 02:05 AM

if you decide to stack them you should think of fastening them to the wall to secure them so they cant fall on some one.

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