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Forum topic by cearle23 posted 12-19-2015 12:42 PM 348 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2015 12:42 PM

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Hey Folks -

Hopefully I’ve got this posted in the correct forum topic….. I’m in the last phases of builinding a hanging corner cabinet, I am looking for some advice on the best hinge to use for this project. I installed a couple of non-mortise hinges last night to the cabinet and it would appear that they are not going to support the weight of the door to close cleanly. I have a pair of 3/4×2 inch non-mortise hinges in place now and my current stiles are 33 3/4 inches and the rails are 19 3/4 inches, so right now without the glass in place, when I go to close the door the bottom edge doesn’t quite clear the bottom face frame. Would it be advisable to use a different type of hinge for better support? Is it my spacing of the hinges on the stile (I just tried to evenly space them from the top and bottom without much though)? Are my rails and stiles to bulkly (1 1/2 inches wide by 3/4 inches thick)?

Any advice and feedback is greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 12-19-2015 01:35 PM

Pictures?

I used two non-mortise hinges per door on a cabinet with 36” x 9” stained glass windows, and they’ve been holding up well (several years later, with daily use).

Does the door actually sag? That is, is the bottom of the door at latch side lower than at hinge side? If so, is the door square and are the hinge screws equally tightened?

How is the door gap at the top? If it looks okay, why not just trim 1/16” of the bottom of the door?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 02:00 PM

Thanks Jim -

I am having trouble getting a photo to post from my phone for some reason, but the door is sagging. I will say that at this point everything is dry fitted so it may firm up a bit after glue up, but it is sagging now and there is friction when closing so my concern is the added weight of the glass causing more of an issue. I’d say the gap on the hinge side is 1/8th (if not a hair more) and it’s sagging down to zero…

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 02:08 PM

If the glue ain’t dry, take it off. If the case is only dry-fit, wait.

I’m saying your hinges are probably strong enough. It’s possible you got really poor or defective hinges, and that’s worth checking.

But, me, I’m never REALLY square. So I always fit the door to the actual opening. But I do that AFTER the case is glued up (and dry).

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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