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1/2" white melamine


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06-11-02, 08:27 PM   #1  
1/2" white melamine

This may sound stupid, but where do you buy 1/2" white melamine?

I'm making some storage cabinets for a customer out of white melamine, and the doors are too big to be made out of 3/4". Way too heavy. I just can't seem to be able to find 1/2".

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06-12-02, 03:43 AM   #2  
Hello Herm,

You may find 1/2 melamine shelves in the shelving section of Lowes. They won't hold alot of weight and may sag some if over-laden.
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06-12-02, 10:29 AM   #3  
Hi Fred,

The shelves are OK for 3/4". It's the doors I'm concerned about putting too much of a weight burden on the hinges.

 
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06-12-02, 12:27 PM   #4  
Hi Herm,

Undersatnd now. You could use 1/2 ply and cover (contact cement) it with melamine sheet.

I have used 3/4 melamine and european hinges on doors 14 inches by 42 inches for a pantry - no problem with the weight.
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06-12-02, 10:19 PM   #5  
I have had not much experience with melamine. A couple of these doors are 14 7/8" X 79 1/2", and seem way to heavy to me. I had planned on using 4 hinges per door (european style, no face frame mount), but it still seems like a lot of weight. I have 200 of these hinges in stock, and want to use them.

The application chart that Blum has indicates to me that this size and weight may be a problem, but the cabinet boxes are done and installed now (and looking great), so I kinda stuck with melamine for the doors. I could buy more heavy duty hinges (cost prohibitive), or I could paint some 1/2 MDF, or apply a melamine sheet to 1/2 ply, but what a pain in the.......

let's just say it's more work than I planned on. There are 14 doors similar in size.

 
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06-13-02, 04:03 AM   #6  
Herm,

Those are long doors, but I think you were on the right track. Four hinges should be okay. According to a Rockler/Blum chart, doors to 80 inches and up to 33 pounds will need four of the euro hinges. I don't think your doors are quite that heavy. And you could go with five hinges on weight up to 48 pounds.
Another option would be to create upper and lower doors.
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06-13-02, 07:11 AM   #7  
Fred,

The heaviest doors weighs in at around 34 pounds. I think I'll give it a try with five hinges for the heavier ones to be on the safe side.

Thanks for all of your valued input. It will be a couple of days before they're mounted, but I will let you know how it turns out.


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07-05-02, 08:59 PM   #8  
Fred,

Thanks again for your input. The doors are installed and looking great. The customer is very happy with the cabinets, and the hinges seem to be handling the weight well.

I will try to post a picture of these (I haven't had too much luck posting pictures), as soon as the film is developed, so you can see them.

 
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