How to Install Knife Hinges in Curved Work
Synopsis: Knife hinges are great for curved cabinets because they are elegant and unobtrusive, so they won’t draw attention away from the piece. But they can be a challenge to install. The mortises must be located precisely, and much of the layout and mortising has to be done before the cabinet is glued up. Learn how to mortise for knife hinges and mount them precisely for doors that hang true and close flush.
I chose knife hinges for my bowfront cabinet for several reasons. The hinges are unobtrusive and elegant. They don’t interrupt the curve, or pull attention away from the piece itself.
But installing knife hinges can be a challenge. The mortises must be precisely located to ensure that the doors close flush to the cabinet front. And much of this layout and mortising must take place before the cabinet is glued up.
Adding a curve to…