Anyone have problems with full wrap hinges and melamine?

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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 04-24-2013 09:55 PM 1618 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2013 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: piano hinge melamine

I have to build a cabinet around a safe for a buddy, the safe door opens 180 degrees. I was planning on using four full wrap hinges on the door so it can swing out of way of the safe door.
Full wrap piano hinges are way expensive, and I figure since the door is about 65”x19” that four hinges on each door should handle the load (possibly just two?)

I’d really like to use the full wrap piano one because of ease of alignment, but at around 35$ a pop it adds up quick.
I also thought that since the melamine doesn’t like edge screws that the full wrap would be less prone to tear out. Thoughts?

I’ll try to add a sketch up pic if it seems like a confusing question.


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#1 posted 04-24-2013 10:03 PM

Use the right kind of screws and drill the melamine properly and
strength should be adequate. Piano hinges have a lot of holes
in them and you can drill more if desired.

You do have to watch your clearances for screw heads. Use
Particle board screws or confirmat style hardware attachment

You might find Soss style hinges a good option. They can do
some neat tricks.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 04:26 AM

My answer is RPC hinges. They’ll be just the ticket.



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#3 posted 04-25-2013 04:22 PM

Thanks for replies, looking into both…


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