Hinge Dilema.

Greetings All, I am a novice wood worker and I am in the process of finishing my wood shop. To get right to the point I have a set of work benches with some shelving beneath and I want to put a hinged door to cover them. What I did was to put a facade on the front of my shelves with square holes cut out to get to the shelves. However, the only way I can figure to put doors on is to simply cut out a square piece of plywood that is bigger than the holes and then put them on using hinges. However, I would need some type of hinge that is offset by about 1/2" to mount to the door and then to the facade. I hope this makes sense. I would appreciate any help that you may provide, if this is not clear please let me know, I am willing to take a digital pic and email it to anyone interested in seeing what it is I am talking about.
Thanks in advance, Louis.
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You probably want a strap hinge.

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If I understand your situation correctly (and I'm not quite sure that I do), I would glue, then nail/screw a 1x2 "stile" onto the "facade" on the hinge side of the door(s).
Then, use a regular hinge to mount the door - I would opt for the so-called "European" hinge where you can screw into the newly installed stile and then drill a 35mm hole into your door - the nice thing is that these offer a lot of adjustment.
Good luck.
Lou

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I would recommend going to a bookstore or library and getting a few books on cabinet making techniques. These will be invaluable to a new woodworker. Although you can get good advice from this forum, nothing beats having a few pictures to illustrate various points. In addition, the books may point out some standard techniques that (it sounds like) you may be bypassing.
Several suggestions: Shelves, closets, and cabinets by Peter Jones ISBN 0-943822-96-3 This is geared mostly towards house and garage cabinets, but does have some useful basics for a new woodworker
Furniture Making from the Inside Out JD Lawrence, ISBN 0-8069-8566-6 This is an excellent book for a new woodworker, covering just about everything from design, through practical suggestions for construction. It also includes some example projects. This will be very helpful in learning various door hinging techniques
Measure Twice, Cut Once: Jim Tolpin ISBN 1-55870-305-5 This again covers everything from design proportions to construction and layout techniques that minimize the opportunity for error.
Carpentry, Gaspar J. Lewis ISBN 0-8069-6752-8 This is a Jr. College/Construction program textbook that can be useful for more mundane and larger projects (i.e. all the way through house construction. It has a section that provides a very good overview of household cabinetry, including various hinge options.
If you're really starting out, having a good reference library at your disposal will be well worth the expense.
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Thanks to both of your for your suggestions. Based on your knowledge I have enough information to craft a viable solution.
Thank You Once Again.
Louis
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