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11-14-2013 01:30 PM

I’m building a paint grade bookcase for a client. It will have 3 inset flat panel doors along the bottom.
I’m going to use euro hinges. My question is…
how much of a gap should I leave on the sides, top and bottom, to allow for a coat of primer and paint?


-- Steve--

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 02:00 PM

An 1/16-1/8 th ” will do it

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 02:19 PM

I’d leave at least 1/16 all around and maybe more for insurance and to take in any bit of mis alignment. It won’t show so be generous to your self!

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 06:22 PM

Thanks guys…so 3/32” on each side should work well?

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 06:24 PM

I use a penny

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 06:44 PM

3/32” is my magic number. 1/16” looks good when alignment is perfect, but inevitably some sag will happen. Most homeowners don’t think to adjust the euro hinges, so it looks uneven.
1/8” usually looks too fat of a gap to my eye.

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 06:48 PM

The penny tip sounds good !
I have a large box of euro hinges pity you were not nearer I could give you a few.Alistair

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 08:10 PM

I calipered a penny…it’s 7/128”, which is just under 1/16”.
It’s not the first time I’m insetting paint grade doors, but it’s been awhile…and I remember problems the last time with having to plane, and plane. I’m not going to be the one painting, and I don’t want a callback later on.
I’m not a painter…I don’t know how thick a coat of primer and semi gloss paint is.
I think I’ll go with 3/32” per side, because not only will the door be painted, but so will the wood around the door.

Alistair…thanks for the offer, but I already have some nice Blum snap hinges.

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