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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Alternative to pocket door hinges (or cheaper ones)

I am working on a new stand right now, and I want to be able to put doors on it and have it closed, but 99% of the time it will be open, so I want to be able to not just have the doors splayed open at 90/180 degrees. I could get some 270 degree hinges, but these are going to require a lot more space than I am able to scrounge up easily for the doors to swing fully. Pocket door hinges like you find on an entertainment center seem to fit the bill, but seem to be like 50 dollars a pop, which is way more than I want to pay, the rest of the stand is like 40 bucks in materials total. Any alternative (i.e cheaper) way to solve this problem that I am not thinking of? Since I won't be opening and closing it super often, the 270 degree hinges are doable, but just wondering if there is something else out there.

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Pics of design? Need to see that in order to provide suggestion.
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If you haunt enough second hand furniture sales, I'm pretty confident that you can find the parts needed.
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How about a lift off panel that is not hinged?
Easy enough to make and super cheap as little hardware is needed. I have a space where door swing was a problem so formed a slot at the bottom between the frame and the front bottom trim. The stand was skinned with plywood so it was simple to cut a section out of the front, add trim to make it too big to fall back into the hole and cover the raw edges. For holding, the weight rests on the bottom so it takes little to hold it shut so a magnetic cabinet latch at each side is good. I did add strips inside the front panel to mount the latches.
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Use a 1/4" plywood panel as the door and put it into a molding top and bottom that has a groove for the door to slide in.
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Hmm good ideas, thanks. I will probably try that and see how it turns out.

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A second way to get an easy door is salvage. How you find the salvage will depend on your area and what's available but I "shop" Craigslist for free stuff, remove the doors, from free stuff and get some classic doors. The hard part comes when my wife tells me " That piece is too good to throw away" . That's when I've taken the doors off a classy item that cost a couple hundred new and all I want is the door! I grew up with stained furniture and am sick of that so I paint all my stands so the salvage works good for me. Second hand shops like Goodwill are also a good place.
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