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Hinges

Hinges are an excellent timber fitting and are used to make components such as doors or lids work. They are designed to be hinged onto two pieces of timber to create an opening and closing feature such as doors and they can support large amounts of weight.

They come in a range of types and sizes to suit all needs and applications so the best way to find the best type for your needs is to ask your supplier.

Butt:
This type is the most simple and basic one available, they usually come in sizes ranging from 13mm to 150mm and are most likely to be seen on areas such as cabinet doors because they are strong and easy to attach although they cannot be adjusted.

These components are suitable for just about any type of woodwork project because they are very easy to attach and have a simple yet strong design.

butt hinge
Butterfly:
Butterfly fittings are basically a butt hinge though they are designed to be fancy shapes rather than simple. They are also more of a decorative piece than general purpose one and aren't as strong as butt hinges so they are used on smaller things that are made to be more aesthetically pleasing like jewellery boxes.
butterfly hinge
Flush:
These are designed to do what their name suggests which is sit flush and they also do not require a recess to be cut. They are not as strong as some other fittings but are lightweight so the best application for these components are on areas such as small cupboard doors or small basic woodwork projects.
flush hinge
Tee:
These are shaped like a tee and can be found on areas such as metal or timber sheds. They are used because they give good strength and support to the door and are fairly easy to attach but give little security because the fixing screws are exposed.
tee hinge
Barrel:
This type of fitting consists of two parts and the first has a threaded section which screws into the second section that contains a pre drilled hole. This screw and thread feature assembly makes the component very easy to fit and dismantle. They also allow for a larger swinging action so are more suitable for areas such as two way swinging doors.
barrel hinge
Piano:
These hinges come in a range of lengths but are the largest type of its kind which is because they are used along large areas such as lids or desk tops. Components like these give good support along the whole edge and are very strong so are suitable for heavy objects.
piano hinge

Concealed:
These fittings are the most complicated and work well with manufactured boards. They are designed to be fitted on the inside so that they cannot be seen.

This means that their best application is on areas such as cupboard doors which is where you will mostly see them. They can also be adjusted which makes them excellent for cupboards or other furniture.

concealed hinge
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