Choosing Door Hinges
Hardware is not an afterthought, but an important design decision
Synopsis: Hinges do more than hold doors; they can enhance or detract from the hours of workmanship you’ve put into building a piece of fine furniture. The right set of hinges will blend seamlessly with form and maximize function. A mismatch, on the other hand, can muddle your project’s personality. Woodworker and writer Robert J. Settich gives an overview of the most commonly used hinges for hanging doors in fine furniture and cabinets, from mortised butt hinges that are largely hidden, to elaborate surface-mounted hinges made to stand out from your design, to other varieties such as knife hinges, Euro hinges, and fiche, lift-off, Soss, rat-tail and foldaway designs.
Building fine furniture and cabinets is exacting and time-consuming work. Even in a shop bursting with machinery and laborsaving gizmos, it’s easy to spend dozens, even hundreds, of hours on a project.
After investing all that energy, it…