I built a kitchen cabinet that will sit on top of the counter and have
a flip up door at the bottom. I assumed (1st problem), having seen
several iterations of this theme that finding appropriate hardware (or
other solutions) to implement such a door would be no big deal. Now
that I'm attempting to purchase said hardware, I'm finding various
The cabinet is 11.5" inside. The smallest flipper slides I've found
The lid stays made for flip up doors seem geared toward overhead
cabinets and open the door to 75-90 degrees. Since my door is at
counter level, a 75 degree opening won't cut it. I'm sure I've seen
(in a catalog or some such) European cabinets that open to ~125
degrees or so.
I guess a tambour door is a solution. I'd rather something else,
You folks have any other ideas, or suggestions for where to get
hardware? BTW, I have looked through a number of sites (LeeValley, WW
Hardware, CShardware, etc.)but if you have a specific item in mind,
please share the link, since browsing/searching may not catch all the
Unfortunately, you may be stuck with that option, sans an inventive mind and
the patience to implement a solution in wood.
That said, and IME installing flipper doors, even if you could find one it
would still not be suitable for counter top use as they rarely retract far
enough when top mounted to not limit access in some manner to the space.
12" is a minimum that seems to be ubiquitous on metal slides these day, so
it is doubtful that you would be able to even 'roll your own' by somehow
duplicating/modifying, by using store bought slides, the "follow strip"
principle used in most flipper door mechanisms
What I would do in your situation, is to study how flipper door works and
see if you can't duplicate the idea behind the "follow strip" in wood.
An alternative solution, other than a tambour door, would perhaps be a drop
down door, hinged in some manner at the bottom. It may even better serve
your purpose for ready access, and would certainly be easier to implement.
Just a thought ... and though the tambour door is the "standard" standby, it
is not always all the easy to implement as an after thought, IME.
One reason to get others' opinions - sometimes the obvious escapes me.
Like this idea.
You know, this might actually work. Have to think about it some.
Yep. Kinda in the back of my mind as well. Maybe I oughta bring in
more to the front, since I'm gonna take advantage of the fine 67
degrees today and spray the cabinet, - just prior to final assembly
Thanx for all the advice/ideas!
Don't have a link for you but a suggestion you may want to consider. I've
made hinges of various types in the past from brass / steel / aluminum /
copper stock. You can find what you'll need (1/2 wide x 12" long strips) at
craft stores, hobby shops and certainly on the net. With a drill
(preferably a drill press) a file or two and maybe a little silver solder or
brazing (if needed), you can fashion your own. You already know what one
looks like - just use that as your template and make it to the dimensions
that work for you. It definitely is not rocket science and no special tools
are needed that you probably don't already have.
As I said, something to consider - or perhaps find a blacksmith (yes they're
still around) to make the hinges for your.
Have you considered making your doors pivot and slide in like a barrister
2 short dowels protruding from the ends of the door at the top will serve as
the hinge and slots cut in the sides will allow these dowels to slide to the
back of the cabinet. Then you only need 2 more dowels in the sides just
below and behind the door to act as the pivot and hold the front of the door
up when it is open and slid back into the cabinet.
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