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birdsmouth

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05-18-2015 07:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hinges folding bookcase casework question

Hey Everybody,

I am working on a bookcase that is three pieces. The main cabinet is the largest piece, with two “doors” that are also casework that will be hinged onto the main cabinet. The main cabinet will be set on a base that extends to the front of the “doors”, so I would like to use some sort of pivot hinge.

The effect I am going for is something that looks like a box when it is all closed up, but opens to reveal shelving and books in each piece.

I have a couple questions about this:

!. Is this a casework/design style that has a name?

2. What style of pivot hardware would work best for this?

I’ve attached a pic of something sort of like what I want – 3 hinged pieces, and a base. However I don’t want to use typical door hinges, as I need them to hold a significant amount of weight.

Thanks!
Jillian


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 09:23 PM

Piano hinge would be my choice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Gerald

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 09:29 PM

I’d also go with a piano hinge, likely brass or brass plated if you seriously need the weight capacity.

-- Gerald, Rural North Central Arkansas

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birdsmouth

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 09:39 PM

Forgot to mention that I plan on having trim on the exterior of the case, so I’m not sure if I could install a piano hinge in that instance?

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pjones46

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 02:36 AM

I don’t see how a piano hinge would be a problem if you plan to use typical door hinges. Wouldn’t they be a problem for the trim as well as opening the case? The piano hinge would have a smaller profile as well as distribute the excessive weight over more contact points of many screws. Are we missing something?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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