Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 16

Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 16

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What are the Rules For Placing Hinges?

Where on the Door's Stile Should Each Hinge Go?

Is there any set rule to tell me how far from the top and bottom on a door to place a hinge? I'm thinking of replacing the doors on my kitchen cabinets but am unsure about how far up or down from the top and bottom to mount the hinges.

Ed Williams Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Though this is somewhat a matter of taste, I think you get a more-balanced look when the barrel of the butt hinge lines up with the interior edge of the top and bottom rail. This rule may not work with all doors, however. Doors with wide or narrow rails might not look right with the hinges installed in line with them. Ultimately, let your eye be your guide.

The rules change if you are going to use European hinges, sometimes called cup hinges. According to the manufacturers, you need to

keep the hinges near the ends of the door — no more than 3 " from the end of the door to the centerpoint of the hinge's cup.

— Christopher Schwarz, executive editor continued on page 16

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