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Hello,

I have just finished making a wooden panel for a triptych I am about to gild and paint. As you can see from the attached photos, the body is made from lime wood and there are a pair of doors, made from quarter sawn oak. These three panels have then been gessoed and then re-carved and polished to a very high degree - ready for water gilding and painting in traditional egg tempera.

I was happy with my work... until I realised that, if I were to fit the hinges, the doors will not be able to open! This is because of their shape and thickness.

What are my options? Is there a special hinge I can use? Help!

Thank you so much for any ideas
 

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What hinges were you planning to use that will not work? Why will they not work?

Is there any problem with using exposed hinges?

What criteria must the hinges meet?

George
 

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Hi George. Thanks so much for your reply.

The problem is that the sides of of the semi arch on the door collide with the sides of the arch on the main body. There is not enough room between them. i have attached a picture to try and explain. I hope it does.

I was planning on using ordinary brass hinges, inset into the sides of the doors and main body.

There is no problem with exposed hinges. The main criteria is that they allow the doors to be opened and closed and that, when open, the doors are held fairly close to the main body.

Perhaps this problem would be solved if I used hinged that had a bit of play in them?

Thanks for your thoughts
 

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I think that I know what you need. The same hinge that I have on my bar. I will try to find picture/source for you.

George
 

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A hinge won't help you. You need to remove the trim from the arch or the door and put more space between them. I had the same problem when I made a grandfather clock. I had to cut it apart and redesign the thing to make it work.
 

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Thanks, that would a great help... I look forward to seeing it. Is it to hand, or will it take a few days? Thanks again!
 

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Thanks George... looks interesting. However, I think the only good solution is to make the doors much thinner and then re-gesso :-( Lesson learnt
 
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