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Forum topic by DonJ posted 04-18-2010 03:31 AM 1750 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2010 03:31 AM

I’m building one of the 3’ tall jewlery chests with the sides that swing open. The plans call for piano hinges for both side sections and the top. For those that have used the piano hinges for this application, what is the best method of installing the hinges? Do you install them like a traditional hinge and mortise the edges? Thanks, as always.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 04:28 AM

I have a couple of cabinets like the ones you are making in my gallery. I just attached the hinges to the back of the sides and to the bottom of the top and it looks and works fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 07:03 PM

I’ve made several items with Piano Hinges and just surface mounted them and they look and work fine.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 09:40 PM

I did a bench with a storage compartment under the seat a few years ago where I mortised in a piano hinge. I did that so the seat was flush with the supporting framework and take the weight off the hinge.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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