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Forum topic by artwhim posted 12-06-2012 01:58 AM 1505 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2012 01:58 AM

Hello. Our kitchen currently has a built in desk that no one uses. I’ve decided to turn the kneehole area into a built in dog crate. Originally I envisioned an entertainment center style concealed door that would allow an open bed area when the door doesn’t need to be latched. Once I discovered how much the hardware would cost to make the door open and then recess, I decided to go to plan B.

Plan B involves using 270 hinges which would allow the door to fold back along the dining room side. This also means I need to use the 3/4” MDF I have on hand instead of repurposing a cabinet door that was removed because the doors are partially recessed and the 270 hinges only accommodate 3/4”. The current cabinets have raised French trim on them which I thought I could repurpose onto the MDF, but that might interfere with the 270 rotation. This might not be a total loss through, because I plan to install a patterned metal grate for ventilation and plan to mirror the trim design.

Athough I want this project to look good when finished, I don’t want to sink much money into it because the cabinets are vintage 1961 and eventually we plan to gut the kitchen and start over.

The dog in question is not hard to restrain, nor is she destructive, so the crate and hardware doesn’t need to be industrial strength.

Now the questions:

Is there a way to make the door either flip up and then recess, or open entertainment center stlye and recess without spending $50, or more, on hardware?

If I go with 270 hinges, are there any that would not require 3/4” doors?

Do RV latches only open from the outside? Do you think this would be a good style of latch for this project? If so, I have extra cabinet knobs so they would match the rest of the kitchen.

If I don’t use an RV latch, I was considering a shutter catch. Would that work?

I really feel the design of this project will be hardware dependent so I want to have it in hand before I start cutting wood.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 05:10 PM

I may be too late, but yes, it is possible to have smoothly recessing doors that go up and in or open to either side and push in. The trick is to emulate the action of the expensive hardware using wood pieces that you make yourself. Study the action of the hardware and figure out the minimum wood needed.
I’ll help you with design if it is still an issue. Sorry it took so long for someone to respond.
Merry Christmas!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 05:37 PM

i really like this idea!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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