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Forum topic by Moron posted 03-03-2009 02:53 PM 877 views 2 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2009 02:53 PM

Ive had this project on the go for way too long and finally its coming to a close.

The doors are hung on fancy pewter butt hinges. The kind with three holes that are “non adjustable”, the kind most folks curse, where language that exits their mouth could make milk curdle, and every time I use them I “curse them” so I’ve “tweeked” the way I make the door instead of cursing the hinge.

If I have an opening that 16” wide by 24” high, then I make the door 16 1/8” wide x 24 1/8” high. If I need rails and stiles that finish at 2 1/2” wide then I cut all my parts at 2 3/4” wide, after glueing up the doors I have to cut them again to ensure they are perfectly square which generally cuts 1/8” off the entire perimeter which again reduces the rails and stiles to 2 5/8”. I then cut all the edges at a 5 degree angle so that when I push the door into the opening its snug….........

By having the door fit snug I can place the top and bottom screw at exactly the same hieght on the face frame as it is on the door, no more need to offset the screws so that the door clears the opening. When the door is hung and it fits real snug, then I can place a tiny pencil “dot” to ensure that I get a 1/16” + clearance and take the door down with a block plane to fit perfect. Most often I use an edge sander…....quicker cheating process. Doors have to have a 1/16” clearance plus in the winter because the darned door expands come summer and I get “service work” and if its made during the summer they get 1/16” – - as the gaps get to big come winter.

1/2 left the shop yesterday and the rest should be gone by the week-end…..............there is a God!!!




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#1 posted 03-03-2009 04:47 PM

Very upscale work Roman. You are getting better and better at it too.
I will have to scrape your method off the blog to save for my intended kitchen make over.
Just gorgeous!
Can’t wait to see the install.


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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-03-2009 04:55 PM

Beautiful work. Those doors make me nervous. More than once I’ve trimmed o” to 1/16” off on the joiner only to take it to the carcass and have a 1/8” gap at the bottom and zero at the top.

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