How to make a barrister doorAfter I made all the cabinet parts it is time to install some kind of opening system for the door, and because this door is longer than taller I must decide whether to open it upwards or downwards.

The first time I made a display cabinet like this I thought it would be a shame to use some kind of hinge which could ruin the look of the cabinet, or in the other hand, a hinge that could steal the attention from the cabinet. Besides that, because this is a small glass cabinet to hang in the wall, I din’t want the door to open downwards and let it in horizontal with some chain. That would make it difficult to accede to the shelves. And if it opens upwards It would need some voluminous hinge like a compass hinge or some kind of hinge to keep it open.

Homemade barrister door hingeThe best solution I found was to install some kind of opening system with which I can move the door inside the cabinet once it is open, like a barrister bookcase door slide.

This system always attracts the attention of who sees it. And the final result is a cabinet that is not distorted when the door is open, because when the barrister door slides inside the cabinet this piece of furniture maintains its original volume.

I think that the final result is a nice glass cabinet that looks as nice when the barrister door is open as when the barrister door is closed.

I’ve never liked to cut the notches to install hinges, but the truth is that this time I don’t need to buy and install anyone, because like you will see, I don’t use a real hinge, but I make it integrated in the cabinet routing a couple of grooves where two small shafts run, one to each side of the door. So I will make homemade barrister hinges.

How to route the groove to slide the barrister doorHow to mark the barrister door position

To make the shafts for this barrister door I use two hexagonal bolts. I cut the hexagonal heads with a hand saw for metal and I file the cut. To make the grooves I use a cheap 6mm straight router bit in my DIY plunge router with the router fence to guide it. With a dowel centre I mark the position for the shafts in the door, and I use the drill press (now a have a drill press vertical table) to drill the holes and insert the shafts.

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