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Forum topic by Hanman posted 03-03-2014 11:59 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 11:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinets fold down bed hinge hinges custom cot question tip

For some reason I have scratched my head and cussed and scratched my head some more, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how I want to build a project I’ve been asked to do for a friend. Here’s my dilemma:

Friend has a 6’ long set of wall cabinets installed in the living quarters of a horse trailer. They have asked me to use the existing face frame and re-build it so that it will fold down into a small cot, but wan to be able to fold it up out of the way and look exactly like it does now when not in use. I want the hinges to be as hidden as possible, but the surfaces when laid down flat needs to be as flush or it won’t be too comfy to sleep on. What I am having difficulty with is how to hinge the face frame to the bottom of the cabinet so that it lays down flat, yet still looks like a typical wall cabinet when raised up. Keeping in mind that the bottom edge of the face of the cabinet extends down past the bottom of the cabinet, as do most cabinets. Clear as mud? Awesome. Will post pics asap

I swear I have seen a type of hinge that will allow the type of movement I need, but I haven’t found it. Would appreciate any and all advice. No need to make fun and tell me I’m a fool for not seeing what to do, I’ve already realized that much! lol thanks for reading.

One more thing, I have ideas how I plan to support the cabinet while it’s laid down flat, but still appreciate any ideas on this also. I’ve seen there are some incredibly creative people on lumberjocks, I’m sure there are ideas out there that haven’t even crossed my mind.


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#1 posted 03-04-2014 12:05 AM

Have you checked Lee Valley? They have all sorts of hinges for all sorts of things. I am not 100% but I woudl suspect they would have what you need.

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 01:29 AM

I did find what I was looking for, thank you very much! As soon as I saw it, the whole project finally came to me.

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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