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Cabinet Doors questions please

I hope this is the correct forum, feel free to move if not...

I hope I explain this correctly...

I am building a chemical cabinet (my term) which is the bookcase from class re-purposed.

The cabinet will be mounted on 2 cleats on the wall and used to hold chemicals in the shop - spray paint, stain, glue, cleaners etc. The largest containers are gallon containers - approx 6 of them. The doors will have shelves which will hold smaller containers such as spray paints, glue bottles etc.

The dimensions of the cabinet is 36H x 28 1/2 W x 8 D

The cabinet doors measure 36H x 14 1/8 W x 3 1/2 D with shelves (you can see the picture below). so the width of the 2 doors is 28 1/4 leaving a 1/4" gap

I've left a 1/4" gap between the door shelving units (again see picture) so the doors will be able to swing open.

Before I glue it together, my first question is:

Is this enough of a gap to allow the doors to open or do I need to cut the rails more - if so how much gap should I expect to have for the doors to open properly?

My next question is what kind of hinges would you suggest a newbie use? I was going to go with either regular door hinges (the large ones) mounted on the outside (not notched), or piano hinges mounted inside. Both types of hinges I've used on other projects and are about all I'm willing to tackle at this point.

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"The cabinet will be mounted on 2 cleats on the wall and used to hold chemicals in the shop - spray paint, stain, glue, cleaners etc. The largest containers are gallon containers - approx 6 of them. The doors will have shelves which will hold smaller containers such as spray paints, glue bottles etc"

Stop right and read what you have said. The key words are " hold chemicals in the shop" NO!! In the shop is not where you want to store volatile chemicals. Any that are not volatile are OK. The volatile ones are dangerous.

I built a cabinet that used basically 2x2's as a framework. It was covered with sheet metal. This cabinet is then hung on the outside of my house where any vapors are rapidly dispersed into the air. And where there is no spark to possibly ignite them. You can buy rolled sheet metal at most hardware/lumber stores.

I forgot about your door question so had to come back here. I have built doors like you are using, only deeper. One quarter of an inch should be good. I used piano hinges as they are less likely to allow the doors to sway down.

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Itís true that the best place to keep paints, stains and other flammable material is in a metal cabinet. But these materials are sold from open shelving in most stores.
So the important thing is to keep these materials in metal containers (cans) and keep the lids on securely and well away from any heat source.
Iíve kept these type materials in a wooden cabinet for 35 years. A metal cabinet would be preferred but Iím a woodworker not a metalworker.
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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"The cabinet will be mounted on 2 cleats on the wall and used to hold chemicals in the shop - spray paint, stain, glue, cleaners etc. The largest containers are gallon containers - approx 6 of them. The doors will have shelves which will hold smaller containers such as spray paints, glue bottles etc"

Stop right and read what you have said. The key words are " hold chemicals in the shop" NO!! In the shop is not where you want to store volatile chemicals. Any that are not volatile are OK. The volatile ones are dangerous.

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Thanks for you response George - the shop is my garage and the chemicals are pretty much paints and stains.
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Thanks for you response George - the shop is my garage and the chemicals are pretty much paints and stains.
You do not use any paint thinners or solvents? Solvents are particularity dangerous.Oil base paints are very flammable. Many/most people do not recognize that the cleaning rags that they use with solvents should be taken outside and not left in the shop. They can spontaneously combust.

My garage is also my shop. Does not matter what your shop is. Safety is safety. Making a cabinet that stays outside is cheap and simple. Does not need metal working skills. You just have to be able to bend thin metal around a corner.

Where do you keep your spare gasoline can(s). They should also be outside. These are also stored in my cabinet.

Toolman said these materials are sold in stores. True, but the stores do not deal with containers that have been opened. Big difference. Stores also have automatic sprinkler systems.

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Thanks for the response @GeorgeC and your concern
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You do not use any paint thinners or solvents? Solvents are particularity dangerous.Oil base paints are very flammable. Many/most people do not recognize that the cleaning rags that they use with solvents should be taken outside and not left in the shop. They can spontaneously combust.
No solvents, no - my thinner (I only have 1 and not much of it left) is outside under a different workbench setup for painting. I do my painting finishing outside usually.

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Where do you keep your spare gasoline can(s). They should also be outside. These are also stored in my cabinet.
I have an aluminum shed at the far end of my yard where we keep the dangerous chemicals - gas, chlorine, oil etc.

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