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Quailguy

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03-30-2016 08:09 PM

I’ve built a solid mahogany tool cabinet and just about ready to hang it. The piano hinge I bought at Woodcraft turned out to be way too light for the heavy door that I estimate will be about 15-20 lbs when loaded. Does anyone have a suggestion or a source for something strong enough to support this door? As always, thank you in advance.

Mike


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 09:57 PM

what size hinge ? You need a 1 1/2 inch. Even a low grade hinge you might find at woodcraft should support a 20 lb door.
JB

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Quailguy

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 10:13 PM

It was a 1 1/2 inch hinge. Along with my fear using such a flimsy hinge, the 3/8 inch screws only increased my doubt as to its ability to support the door. I just returned the hinge. I’m hoping there is a more substantial product out there somewhere.

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jerryminer

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 02:31 AM

I’ve never seen a 1 1/2” piano hinge that couldn’t handle a 20 lb. door. Longer screws might be in order, though.

You could always use butt hinges instead—-they are available everywhere.

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JAAune

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 03:05 AM

I get mine from McMaster Carr since they’ve got a large variety. If weakness is a big concern, dig out your wallet and fork over the cash for a titanium hinge. Only $90 a foot.

Be sure to buy screws separately. They’re not included with the hinges.
McMaster Carr Piano Hinges

The flimsy one from Woodcraft was probably capable of holding 20lbs.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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Quailguy

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 04:44 PM

You may be right, but I have too much time in this thing to take a chance. Thanks for the info.

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cabmaker

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 09:43 PM

Chance ? you have received some experienced advice and you don’t want to chance it…...Go ask the kid at home depot..he ll know!

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Quailguy

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#7 posted 04-01-2016 12:02 AM

Cabmaker:
My intent was to find a source for a better quality hinge for this cabinet. The responses, though much appreciated, used the terms “should” and “probably” to describe what this particular hinge would support. I reread your responses and did not see that you have used this hinge yourself in a similar project. Thus, I can assume you didn’t have all the facts prior to giving advise, something that is usually frowned upon. So feel free to belittle others that will listen to you and save your ignorant opinions to yourself. Please ignore any future questions I may post in this site.

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cabmaker

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#8 posted 04-01-2016 01:55 AM



Chance ? you have received some experienced advice and you don t want to chance it…...Go ask the kid at home depot..he ll know!

- cabmaker


I will say it again. Incompitence can be very frustrating i would think. Have a good day sir.
JB

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Quailguy

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#9 posted 04-01-2016 02:44 AM

Maybe you should learn to spell to a 4th grade level before casting stones. Improper grammar takes the sting out of your insults, it only makes me laugh. Did you finish high school? Fail wood shop?

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jerryminer

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#10 posted 04-01-2016 08:07 AM

Easy, guys, we don’t need to fight. The OP had a legitimate request for advice. He got some. It may not have been what he wanted. He has no obligation to follow any of it.

Come on, we are here to help each other, aren’t we? Sure, some advice is more sarcastic than helpful (”...ask the kid at home depot”) but we don’t need to attack each other over it, do we?

Can’t we all just get along?

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