Where To Locate The Hinges

The centerline of the hinge knuckle should be about in. proud of the door and case.





It's pleasing to the eye if you relate the hinge locations to the rails (below left). However, this may not be possible on doors with thin rails (below right).

Hinges are aligned with the door rails.

Location is one hinge-length away from the top and bottom of the door.

as narrow or wide, but what really matters is the length and width. I prefer fixed-pin hinges over loose pins (the hinge comes apart for lifting off a door easily) because they are stronger with less play in the knuckle.

Choose and purchase hinges during the design stage of a project. You don't want to be ready to hang a door and then realize that the hinge leaf to be mortised into the door is wider than the door stile, or that it leaves just the thinnest ribbon of wood at the back of the mortise that will break away someday. Knowing door and carcase dimensions, you can narrow down the possibilities of hinges that will fit. If you're unsure of the best choice, buy two sizes.

How many hinges and where?—Typically, I use two hinges on cabinet doors under 3 ft. tall. For greater strength and stability (for heavy doors or for doors on which objects will be hung), I prefer to use longer, heavier hinges rather than add a third hinge in the middle of the door. With the leaves snugly mortised and screwed into place, two butt hinges will support a surprisingly heavy door. However, for passage doors and very tall cabinet doors, adding a third hinge in the middle can help hold the stile and door in alignment, keeping them from binding.

A critical aspect in the appearance and action of the door is how far the hinge knuckle sticks out from the front of the door For the door to swing smoothly without binding, the centerline of the hinge pin need only be slightly proud of the door—about V32 in.

Hanging a flush inset door

After choosing the right hinges for the job, the challenge is to set the hinges precisely, leaving a fine, even gap around the door and a flush surface between the door and the case.

Hinging a door neatly depends as much on building a taie door and an untwisted carcase as it does on accurately mortising for the hinges. Slip the door into place and look for any misalignment. Often, there will be some twist in the case or the door, especially if the door is large; this can be addressed in a variety of ways. You can plane the door or case slightly, and you can set one or both of the hinges farther into or out of the case to minimize the effect of the twist. Of course, the idea is

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment