Installing Knife Hinges
Careful layout and mortising are keys to success
Synopsis: Knife hinges have a simple, subtle beauty, writes Gary Rogowski. Don’t buy inexpensive hinges; he includes a list of things to avoid, such as stamped steel and riveted pins. Accurate placement is key, and he shows how to lay out the setting. He explains how to get the doors to fit snugly and how to correct your mistakes if things aren’t just perfect.
Knife hinges are a sweet finale to a piece of cabinetry. They have a simple, subtle beauty. Just a small semicircle of brass is all that shows with the door closed, letting the lines of the furniture and the figure of the wood take center stage. Knife hinges also are tremendously strong and almost totally resistant to sagging, making them the hinges of choice wherever a narrow, consistent reveal around a door is important.
Knife hinges are strong because of the orientation of their…