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  • Method #1 This approach to 270° opening is popular for entertainment centers and the like. The door swings open on its pair of hinges to 180°. At the point where the door would normally bind (180°) the hinged vertical element of the face frame releases itself from a magnetic catch and allows the door to continue its swing to 270°. Method #2 Our cranked hinges can allow a door to open 270°. These neat Japanese hinges are machined from solid extruded brass section and are available to suit ...
  • Catches come in a bewildering assortment of function and design. In very general terms a catch is any device whose purpose is to hold two or more components together while allowing for easy release. Quite what distinguishes a catch from a latch is unclear to me so we will group them together for the sake of this guide. Locks are dealt with elsewhere and are considered distinct from catches. Door Catches Door catches can either be mounted to show on the outside of the door or the can be mo...
  • Door & Drawer Locks Locate the center of the drawer front (or the appropriate position on the door if mounting a door lock). Using the lock as a template, mark its outline on the back and upper edge of the drawer front. Be aware that the key pin is usually offset to one side of the lock and it is the key pin that must be centered on the drawer. With a sharp knife, ruler and square go back over these lines. Use a router or chisel to create the shallow mortise for the lock plate (I use a 1/4" high s...
  • A full mortise lock is embedded into a deep mortise cut into the edge of the door or drawer. The exposed "selvedge" and a keyhole are all that is visible of this type of lock. Unless some unusual consideration comes into play these locks are generally centered in the thickness of the material. Because the lock is normally placed in the middle of the material thickness the choice of escutcheon and the method of its attachment will be a consideration. Thread escutcheons rely on a viable thickness for s...
  • Offset knife hinges provide an unobtrusive way to hinge an inset door. Fitting is as shown above and so long as the mortises are cut accurately before assembly installation should present no particular challenge. Accurately is the keyword here. The whole aesthetic of this kind of hinge is lost if door fit is poor and very little adjustment is possible after installation. To provide a little adjustment after installation the door mortise can be cut a little short and the hinges installed with a si...
  • Straight knife hinges are generally used in the illustrated application. The door overlays the sides and is inset into the top and bottom. Mortising is simple so long as those in the casework are cut before assembly or cut by hand. Not much adjustment is possible with this kind of hinge though some can be achieved by fitting one screw only per leaf and lengthening the appropriate mortise if necessary before fitting the remaining screws. Relevant Products Knife Hinges
  • Fiche hinges are common on Continental European furniture. We supply French made hinges in a variety of sizes to suit most applications. These hinges consist of two rolled steel tubes capped on opposing ends by decorative tips. One tube carries a fixed pin, the other slips over this pin. The tubes are formed with tangential flaps, the flap on the lower tube projects from one side and on the upper tube the other side. We have found three techniques that can be used to install these hinges. Firstly the c...
  • Yesterday The need to secure precious objects is so innate to humans and many other animals that it is not surprising the earliest locks appear as long ago as 4000 years. The oldest known locks employed a pin tumbler mechanism much like that of our modern "Yale" lock but on a far larger scale. They have been found in cultures as diverse as those of Egypt, Japan and Norway. The Romans can be credited with the invention of the metal lock and in fact developed the "warded lock" which uses the familiar ske...
  • Single ball catches can be used with a strike or without. In softer woods it may be advisable to use the strike. As a general principal always use the largest catch your material will accommodate, the larger the catch the better they feel and sound. The Brusso catches we sell are supplied with a cylindrical dome profiled strike. The idea behind this technological breakthrough was to eliminate contact between ball and wood. Up to this point the spring loaded ball either rode directly on its adjacent wood...
  • Handle Choices If any question is guaranteed to stump us at Whitechapel Ltd it is "What kind of handle do you think I ought to use on my …..". While we are perhaps sometimes over willing to tell a customer our own likes and dislikes I hope it is apparent that our choices are less valid than your own, you can look at your furniture, we can't. In an effort to make the choosing easier all photos in our catalog are scaled 100% so at least you won't have to imagine size as well as style. If you are ...
  • Double ball catches are easy enough to install if you still have access to the inside of cabinet. If you are planning to use these catches on anything but the most rigid cabinetwork it is advisable to mount them horizontally at the bottom or top of the door. If mounted vertically, opposite the hinged side of the door, any small amount of racking will change the lateral relationship between the parts and prevent the catch functioning correctly or worse. Plan also to fit them before the backs go on. Mou...
  • Ring handles appear as one of the earliest form of handle. Certainly as soon as iron could be forged handles of this basic form would have been produced. The simplicity and fundamental rightness of this form has meant continued popularity through all furniture styles up to the present times. A handle of this form has the advantages of strength, ease of use and manufacture and low profile. At it's most basic it is nothing but a ring and a cotter (split) pin and we carry just such an item from Mexico. ...