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Forum topic by pceresia posted 02-16-2018 05:13 PM 1869 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2018 05:13 PM

I’m looking for detailed plans to build and install a hidden “out swing” bookshelf door as an entrance way to a linen closet at the end of a hallway. I’ve come across several photos and a few Youtube videos but I can’t seem to find any detailed plans with instructions and hopefully photos. Pivot hinges are easy to source but placement instructions aren’t easy to find, at least I haven’t had much luck. The aged white oak door frame opening is 28×80. I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to an interesting secret latch.
If anyone could point me in the right direction or possibly share their own project, I would be most appreciative.
Cheers, Pat

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 03:34 AM

You can also check here

In issue 236 of Wood Magazine

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#3 posted 02-17-2018 02:54 PM

These are great starts. Thank you for your assistance.

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 12:16 PM

With the assistance of the advice above and the Murphy Door Pivot hinge, I built a pine bookshelf door in my wife’s laundry room – the access to our wine room. I am reasonably pleased with the outcome, although the fit is a little off in the top left corner. This is due to a slight bowing of the bookcase top – something I didn’t appreciate until the bookcase was completed. Overall, this was great practice and as a novice woodworker, I learned a lot. Building the mock jamb and door in the garage before the actual install was definitely a smart move as obtaining a tight bookshelf fit in the jamb certainly involves trial and error. A formula or detailed instructions would be very helpful if anyone has this.
The second photo shows my real project as the one above was practice. This is a linen 28×80 opening which I plan on doing in oak. A left outswing bookshelf door with 6” wide shelves again using a Murphy Door pivot hinge. I want to preserve the trim in keeping with the rest of the house. My challenge will be keeping the fit tight. Any suggestions/advice welcome as actual plans that I’ve been able to source are less than detailed, at least for a novice like me.
Thanks, Pat

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 02:35 PM

In case anyone is interested, I completed the second bookshelf door. This one in oak. I’m rather pleased with the result and the symmetry of the reveals/spacing.

The area I’m attempting to now address on both the pine and the oak out swing doors is the issue of latches. The molding hides a rather large gap (~1”+) between jamb and the bookshelf side wall. Placing anything in that space impinges on the door swing. So a latch of some sort with a rather long “throw” is necessary. It also should result in a positive, tight closure and importantly be accessible. I’m open to make or purchase. I’d welcome ideas.
Btw, if anyone can tell me why upright portrait photos turn sideways when you post them here and how you correct it, I would be grateful.
Cheers, Pat

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#6 posted 04-23-2018 04:51 PM

For you photos try adjusting the orentation with a photo editing program before uploading to the site. I just did that with you last pict. It is particularly easy with an Apple computer. Just open the pict in Preview, rotate and save.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 04-25-2018 11:53 AM

Thanks for this. The door looks a lot better in the vertical. Now I have to stain it to match the rest of the oak trim.
The photo on my machine was originally oriented correctly; however when I previewed it prior to posting it rotated 90 degrees. So I went to the Win 10 photo editor and rotated it -90 but the posting process was not to be outsmarted and reinserted it +90. I don’t rule out the possibility of finger trouble on my end.

Still hoping to hear about latch solutions folks have come up with for hidden bookshelf doors.

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