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Forum topic by Ben posted 06-16-2017 11:03 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben

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06-16-2017 11:03 PM

Hey there Gang,

I’ve built the main tool cabinet and am now setting out to build the doors.
The cabinet is 6” deep. I was planning on making the doors the same depth so they’d sit flush to the wall when open.
Doors will essentially be a dovetailed box.

What I’m wondering is how the two doors will open/close without hitting each other across such wide stiles.

I’m thinking of a few options:

1) Angle the two closing stiles. This would likely complicate the dovetails and look a bit weird from the open position.

2) Leave a significant gap between the doors and have some sort of astragal or closing strip on one door.

Any other suggestions?

Pics coming soon!

Thanks!


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-16-2017 11:10 PM

I think I have seen this done with a pair
of piano hinges with a strip of wood in
between, essentially making the thick swinging
section “double jointed”.

Aside from my suggestion, I think you
would do well to make a mockup out of
cardboard or plywood to see for sure if
the doors are going to have problems.

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jbay

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#2 posted 06-16-2017 11:50 PM

Maybe I’m not picturing it right, but they shouldn’t hit. ( It’s drawn with 1/8” gap in the middle)
Am I picturing it wrong?

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 03:27 PM

Thanks for the drawing jbay. I don’t see how it would be possible that they would not hit and bind.
My 1” thick cabinet doors bound until I hand planed a slight bevel on them.
Thanks for the visual aid!

And Loren – yes, good idea!

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 03:58 PM



Thanks for the drawing jbay. I don t see how it would be possible that they would not hit and bind.
My 1” thick cabinet doors bound until I hand planed a slight bevel on them.
Thanks for the visual aid!

And Loren – yes, good idea!

- Ben


Depends on the type of hinge.
What kind are you going to use?

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 06:49 PM

I am planning on using standard mortised butt hinges.

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