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11-22-2010 09:15 PM

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I had someone come to me with a unique cabinet design problem. The upper corner cabinets are recessed and swing open into each other making the storage space very difficult to access. My first thought would be to attach the doors together and build some sort of slide system to clear the 2.5” recess and have it hinge from there.

Any ideas and thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 09:17 PM

That’s the plan, but I still need to clear the recess to be able to open the door fully.

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 09:18 PM

Don’t you think folding opening outward doors would be better hinged at one end and centre looks like one big folding door .Or look up kitchen manufacturers corner cupboards and see all the different types of hinges.Alistair

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 09:21 PM

Yeah, but I still need to be able to pull the door out passed the 2.5” recess to open it fully. Otherwise it’s still hard to access.

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 09:22 PM

I think I would try a lazy susan set up, where both doors would turn into the cabinet, exposing the contents.

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 09:26 PM

That’s not a bad idea but the cabinet is more shallow that the standard 12” and there wouldn’t be enough room for the doors to revolve.

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 09:30 PM

Bi-fold with an overlay hinge should do the trick

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 09:51 PM

This might sound stupid but I have see this done on doors a bit smaller. How about joining the 2 doors together forming a V shape door and use a piano hinge on one side so that it opens as one V shaped unit.

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 10:09 PM

I want to be able to pull the doors out past the cabinets on either side and open with the hinge from there. Anyone know of a shallow slide system? So I’ll end up mounting the door hinges to the slide system I build.

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 10:11 PM

The doors will be joined with hinges.

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 10:21 PM

could you swap the entire hinge system with sliding hinges?

if would mean a major change to the internal of the cabinet – but in the long run, I think your client will love you for it and it’ll take all the mickey mousing with the doors out of the picture (pun intended)

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 10:25 PM

That’s what I’m looking for! Thanks! Looks expensive though. Do you know where to get that and an approx. cost? Hopefully it can fit shallow cabs too.

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 10:47 PM

Reverse the doors. Hinges in the center opening door against the other.NOT IDEAL but would give them better access than they have now. Sadly only one could open at a time though. Sliding hinge are great, you will have to figure out a way to attach the shelfs .

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#13 posted 11-22-2010 10:51 PM

And I would have to add a piece in the face frame to attach the hinges to. That’s at least a cheap option. Thanks!

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#14 posted 11-22-2010 11:14 PM

Is there a way to add a hinge to the middle of one of the doors (well maybe 3” in) so that it could fold flat against the other cabinets and allow better access to the cabinet. I am not fluent in hinges and the only ones I can think of would be very visable and not pretty, but maybe there are others.

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#15 posted 11-22-2010 11:59 PM

Here is an idea that should work. Make each door ‘L’ shaped and move the hinge point out to the front edge of the recess. See picture for detail…

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