Hinging cabinet doors - Louis XV style

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11-09-2011 02:03 AM

Hi all,

I am only in the planning stage of the next job right now, but can anyone tell me how to hinge cabinet doors on a ‘Comode’ (I know) in the style of Louis XV? Attached is a preliminary doodle of the shape, there’s barely a straight edge in it

The only way I can think of doing it would be using pivot hinges on an inset axis and have the outside of the door swing into the cabinet when the door is opened. Or is there something else that can be done?

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 07:03 AM

As with all doors, measure from the bottom up – in your situation, the bottom is the straight line on the bottom. I usually pick a basic measurement from the bottom of my door – say 1.5 inches. So my first cut (bottom of the the bottom hinge), I start my mortise door cut at 1.5 inches from the door bottom and place my hinge on that mark to configure the top of the hinge. As for the cabinet mortise, when doing inset doors and frames, I add 1/16 of and inch to the door measurements, so the bottom of the hinge cut is 1- 9/16 inches from the bottom.

This method works for me. I know I’ve read other methods and lots of the instructs you to install the cabinet member first. That’s probably right, but my method works for me…

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 08:36 PM

Hi I think you are on the right track with the pivot hinges and the stile on the side of the pivot will swing in to cabinet. The pivots were always made of brass a plate with a hole in it and a plate with a pin that fiis the hole
these plates were screwed to the rail and sunk in a rabbit in the rail and the carcase. Hope this is of help.
Regards Roger in RSA

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 10:39 AM

Thanks Roger, I will look into that

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 05:13 PM

I’d mount the hinges on the straight edges of the doors (to the center post) and then locate the pull in the middle of the door instead of near the outside edge. To distract the eye from the hinges I’d use a decorative plate with the door pull centered in the same. The decorative plate could be made of wood and be as simple as only having a routed edge or more complex with a carved design.

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