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.
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.
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
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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