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Forum topic by Quailguy posted 03-29-2015 09:34 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2015 09:34 PM

Finishing up on the 2 cherry nightstands I’ve been working on for a few months. Each table has 2 inset doors and I’m using quality extruded brass mortised hinges. 1 cabinet came out fine. On the second table, the lower/center corner of the door is 3/16” inset to far, the other door’s corner is about an 1/8” proud. The doors are flat and I used a template and router to cut the mortises on the doors and frame, so they appear flat and square. I can’t figure out how to draw these corners into alignment with the bottom frame. I’m sure there is a genius among you that knows how to correct this. Thanks


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#1 posted 04-01-2015 06:18 PM


I assume that your doors are flat and not warped. If the doors are not flat then this could cause the misalignment. Next if the hinges are not adjusted properly in the depth of your mortises or screw heads interfere with proper closing, this also could cause misalignment.

If those situations above are not the problem, then the only other situation I can see is that the two sides of the face frames of the nightstand are not plum with each other and/or the footprint of the night stand is not square or combination of both.

If the two sides of the face frames are not plum with each other, the only way I can see to correct the problem is to try to pull them into plum with each other. I do not know how you attached the tops, but you would have to remove the top and by using clamping pull them into alignment, then put the top back on to freeze the two sides of the face frames into the correct position maybe.

Use a straight edge laid flat on edge to one side of the face frame and the slide the length of the straight edge across to the other side of the opening keeping it flat against the first face fame seeing if it meets perfectly on the other side . Try this in several spots and it may give you an indication of how far out of plum they may be.

Other than that I have no clue.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 06:50 PM

I have been to manipulate the hinges enough to hide the offset. I discovered one door had a slight twist. It’s good enough at this point to put them to use. Thank you for your help.

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