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Forum topic by GT350 posted 04-14-2013 02:49 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2013 02:49 AM

I have two cabinet doors that I need to order some hinges and pulls for. They measure about 37” high by 16” wide with 1.5” x .75” frames with glass inserts. I am thinking about some hinges that will be mortised in, does anyone know what size hinges I would need to support the doors? I’m thinking 2 hinges per door but I may need 3. I have been looking at the ball tipped hinges in antique brass, this is going on a natural cherry bookcase with a few drawers on the bottoms.

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 03:01 PM


Here’s a supplier that carries a lot of period type hardware that may work for your bookcase.

I would suggest 3 hinges per door with that size glass door. That would be a pretty long door with only 1 1/2” frames to hold it stable.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 03:32 PM

Amerock and others make a no-mortise hinge that is certainly easier to install because of some slotted holes. It would not have the quality feel that a beefier, mortised in hinge would display, however.

Unless you have other brass on the piece, I’d shy away from brass’s tendency to shout about itself. There are some oil rubbed bronze products that blend very well with darkening cherry.

As for number of hinges, a pair of any of these will hold the vertical weight. A third hinge might help hold the stile closer in parallel to the case. I share huff’s concern about the strength of the joinery if it’s all 1 1/2” material. It could be just fine though.



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#3 posted 04-29-2013 03:43 AM

Thanks for the responses. I went ahead and ordered three sets of mortise hinges from Van Dykes, I think it will be interesting to see how we’ll the doors hold up being only 1.5” but it does work best for the design.

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