Snot-filled self pity aside, this is how I hinge a door.
As per usual, this tutorial isn't the low down on how it should be done, just how I do it. I use pins to pivot the doors simply because I dislike the look of the electro plated brass hinges available and I'm too damn lazy to make my own.
I'm going to presume that if you're at a stage where you want to make working doors then you already know how to measure and cut the components for whatever piece of furniture you're making. To make this simple, I'm going to use a basic carcass with one opening cupboard door...no legs or handles.
The cupboard frame is a basic rectangle. I've cut the back and door exactly the same size, the divider is the height of the door x the depth of the cupboard minus the thickness of the wood used for the door and back together. (?) that makes far more sense in my head...
I always use piano wire for the hinge pin because it is super strong yet has some give in it. You can use embroidery pins with the heads snipped off or similar...it's up to you. The wood I'm using for the door is 1.5mm kings wood so I've picked 0.5mm piano wire and a 0.5mm drill bit.
Snip a small piece of piano wire (or whatever you are using), and put the tiniest dab of superglue on one end. Insert the pin into the hole you've drilled and let the glue dry.
Carefully place the door into the frame. Now at this point you need to leave a whiskers gap between the door and cupboard frame so that it can open freely once it is all glued together. I haven't shown this in the photo *doh* but I normally put a piece of printing paper in between the door and frame to get that gap. Push the door towards the base of the cupboard so that the pin (which has marker ink on it) marks where the hinge pin needs to go.
You now need to do the same thing for the top of the frame with the hinge pin in the top of the door.
This photo is looking at the cupboard from above, without the top on. It's important to glue all of the internal bits together before constructing the rest of the outside frame. The back and divider are glued into place (using the building block to make sure everything is square) and the door is set in place. You can see that the divider is placed so that when the door is shut, it is flush along the frame
This is from the front. Before everything is glued together, make sure you put on your chosen door handle. It is far easier to drill a hole for the handle when the door is lying down flat rather than in the cupboard. Also, give the door a try. It should open smoothly without any resistance against the frame
Once you are happy, dab glue on the edges that are to be glued, site the top pin into place and clamp the whole unit together until it dries.
I'm off for one or five medicinal drinks
Enjoy the rest of the weekend