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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 11-07-2017 04:17 PM 267 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bohaiboy

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11-07-2017 04:17 PM

I am building the wife a jewelry armoire that will have swinging doors on the side to contain necklaces. The door will be located on top of the base. How much offset should I allow for to prevent the door from sagging and dragging? I am thinking 1/8” but maybe it should be more or less. Picture shows left door

-- Tim, Houston, TX area


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#1 posted 11-07-2017 04:23 PM

How large is this piece? Dimensions may help to determine overall scale and what’s appropriate in your instance.

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 04:44 PM

The door is approximately 20” tall and 14” wide and 2” thick. Will be 3/4 mesquite for the rails and stiles and 1/2” mesquite for the panel. I need the 1/2” thickness to be able to mount the knobs for hanging the necklaces.

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#3 posted 11-07-2017 04:48 PM

The overall width of the total project is approx 25” and overall height approx 54”

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#4 posted 11-07-2017 05:15 PM

1/8” will probably be fine, maybe a little
excessive if you want to work to fine
tolerances. If you’re really concerned you
might want to make mock-ups out of
plywood to figure out how to go about
mounting the hinges.

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#5 posted 11-07-2017 05:39 PM

Loren, What would you suggest for the drawer spacing?

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#6 posted 11-07-2017 05:43 PM

3/32” looks good and is not too difficult
to achieve. It also allows a little room for
wood movement.

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#7 posted 11-07-2017 05:58 PM

I agree with Loren. I have built large wall clocks and used 1/16” clearance for the doors with no problem.

Have you considered using a piano type hinge? That will make the door’s mounting very stable. The alternative is a set of good “tight” (no play) hinges.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 11-08-2017 06:13 AM

20” tall might be tall enough that it won’t be necessary but something else you might want to consider….I’m working on a similar project and am adding an enclosure at the bottom of the door like the below design just in case a necklace hangs longer than the height of the door.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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