I'm planning on making a pair of cafe doors and want to use the standard
pivot hinges for them; by "standard" I mean those with a sloped and notched
nylon block at the bottom...the notch holds them open, the slope allows them
to swing closed once moved from the notch.
The problem is, those hinges only allow 180 degres of swing, 90 degrees in
each direction, from the closed position and I need 180 degrees in one
direction. IOW, I want to be able to open the doors flat aganst the wall in
Anyone know of any hinges that will do all the above? If not, how about
1. attach a piece of wood to the jamb
2. hinge a second piece of wood to #1
3. attach cafe hinges to #2
What should happen is...
1. push the cafe door open, it stops at 90 degrees
2. keep pushing and the #2 piece of wood swings 90 degrees, cafe door is at
There are (or at least used to be) double pivot cafe door hinges that
wogked for that scenario - 180 degrees one direction only - 90 the
other. I think Hager makes (made) them. I think Bommer also makes
(made) them. From memory they are not cheap.
I do know the one window/door company I worked for (about 15 years
ago) installed several doors that worked that way.
It looks like it might be possible to trick a double-pivot spring hinge
to work that way. Bommer has some of those with a hold-open latch. I'd
have to have some in my possession and futz with them to be sure though.
Did I mention, it was a "high end" window and door company???
$200 hinges were commonplace, along with $600 locksets. It was nothing
to have a $100,000 window order for one house. and there were lots of
$8000 to $10,000 "entry systems" as well.
All quality stuff, whether wood, vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass.
And unlike the company I worked for before, the saleman knew how to
measure - and their installers (all either partners in the business or
employees - NOT subcontractors) really knew how to install properly.
The previous company had a warehoiuse full of windows that were
ordered wrong, and kept one man very busy fixing the "oopses" made by
the subcontract installers. They sold some very high quality stuff
too, and there was virtually NOTHING they couldn't get done - mounting
antique stained glass in new "period correct" modern windows for
historical districts etc, - it was all in a day's work for
"Pickle-Man" (Notice I didn't say it always got done right the FIRST
time - but it always got done)
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