Hardware for Hinged Bookcase

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by birdsmouth posted 05-18-2015 07:37 PM 1344 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View birdsmouth's profile


10 posts in 1333 days

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.


4 replies so far

View bondogaposis's profile


4680 posts in 2313 days

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

Piano hinge would be my choice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Gerald's profile


51 posts in 1748 days

#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

View birdsmouth's profile


10 posts in 1333 days

#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?

View pjones46's profile


1001 posts in 2605 days

#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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics