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Forum topic by TheChucker posted 09-24-2010 04:24 PM 3372 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2010 04:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inset doors non-mortise hinge

I was installing a couple of inset doors on an armoire last night using some non-mortise hinges. One of the doors closes just fine and is flush, the other however, won’t close flush with the frame without a little bit of force.

I was thinking that I should put a 2 – 3 degree back bevel on the edge of the door that won’t sit flush to solve the problem. Has anyone experienced this type of problem before? I don’t want to cut the edge of my door if I don’t have to, but if that’s the only solution, I’m up for it.

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 04:36 PM

I cut all edges/sides of the door at a 2, to 3 degree angle so the door fits tight when closed and then use a block plane slowly taking off thin shavings till it fits perfect. Time consuming PITA but often the only way to achieve a nice fit.

Good luck

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 05:12 PM

Thanks. I assume you cut the 2 to 3 degrees on the table saw? I was thinking either that or the jointer to get a nice smooth edge.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 07:21 PM

Did you check to see that it’s not a proud screw head that’s keeping it from closing properly? I suspect you did, but thought I’d ask.

It’s the kind of thing I miss, late in the day.

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 08:49 PM

Yeah, I checked the screws on both the door and the frame and unfortunately, those weren’t the issue. Wish it was.

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 11:00 PM

have had the same problem a number of times, so i checked out lots of inset doors. found them mostly on old pieces. guess what, they all had the 2 degree back bevel ! so now i always put the bevel on my inset doors, makes it loads easier to fit.

jointer makes the fastest work of it, then touch up with a small block plane. i think it actually saves time if you do it from the start. this method actually compensates for “proud” screw heads that Lee mentioned and crappy hinges which i think were my usual culprit.

good luck !

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