What about a tambour door (like a roll-top desk, but sideways)? Can
the back of your entertainment center be curved? Rockler and I'm sure
many other places have pre-made tambour doors and individual parts to
make your own.
Alternatively, how high is your entertainment center, and would it work
to use a door that slides back into the top? More like an overhead
garage door, with either a tambour or pocket drawers.
I know these don't directly answer your question, but maybe a totally
different idea could help (if SWMBO approves, of course). Ferinstance:
I've been planning a cedar-lined blanket chest, but also want to use it
as a coffee table, so I didn't want to have the top hinged, but wanted
more storage than drawers would offer. I was having trouble coming up
with a good design in my head, until my SWMBO suggested a door that
lifts up or drops down. Why didn't I think of that? Sometimes I guess
it just takes someone to think outside the box. Or blanket chest, as
the case may be.
Tambour door crossed my mind but I'm not sure what the size limitations
are. It will be 56 inches high (53 opening) so I don't think a tambour
door would work very well at that size. I suppose this would be easier
if I've ever used pocket door slides or had one to look at.... Maybe I
just need to give Lee Valley a call and order what they tell me I need
and see how it's going to work.
- posted on October 16, 2005, 2:10 pm
It's free standing. Built in is not an option. I thought of that,
believe me.... :-)
- posted on October 16, 2005, 6:41 pm
I think your first instinct is good but you need to change where the
Take the 24" doors and make an 18" and 6" door joined with the piano
hinge. The hinge axis will be on the inside. Then add a magnet catch to
hold the 6" door against the 18" door once it's opened.
This allows you to use standard flipper hiinges/sliders. This also
breaks up the front of the case into 4 pieces but the center 2 are
equal in width to each of the outer pieces. This symmetry might be too
much so you could play with some sketches. Perhaps 15" and 9" to make
the 24 would be a better balance.
- posted on October 17, 2005, 11:26 am
That is the way I think I'm headed. If I understand the door hardware
correctly, the only thing on the door is the Euro style hinges which
will take up about 2 inches so even 10/14 split would work.
Thanks for the help!
- posted on October 18, 2005, 6:35 am
Yep. the inset for the hinge is about 2 1/4. Test out the setup on
blank wood before you commit to holes in the door. I just did a set and
it took about 6 tries to get the holes in the right place. The hinges
have some in out and up adjustment screws but they only give you a few
16ths of adjustment so you need to be pretty close with the hinge
location to start.
- posted on October 18, 2005, 2:31 pm
2 1/4, perfect! I should be able to make the doors and slide them into
to carcase making SWMBO very happy! I'm ready to start cutting....