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Old 04-13-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Default How to stop cabinet door from opening too wide?

Not sure what to search for. I have a wood framed cabinet door that needs to only open like 70 degrees. If it opens more it hits on a light fixture. I called rockler and they had no idea.. I could use a chain but it looks trashy. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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Really shouldn't matter about how it looks with the chain. Your only gonna see it when you open the door.......right?
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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well it does to my wife. So that is not a solution.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to stop cabinet door from opening to wide?

How it looks, smack the light fixture one too many times and you won't even see the chain.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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really how about a solution to the question...
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #6
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you should be able to adapt a "Lid Stay" . Google that as an image or see if this link works. Most are designed for vertical applications like box lids but many will work for a side hinged door as well. If your door has european hinges on it, you can replace them with ones that have a limited swing.

http://www.google.com/search?q=cabin...w=1310&bih=993
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #7
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thank you rusty. That should point me in the right direction.
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really how about a solution to the question...
A chain is a real solution and a simple one at that. It won't be seen unless the cabinet door is open. You can put the chain on temp until you find something else you prefer.

One of these times, you'll grab that door open it up agressively and forget about the light, then you'll wish you had the chain on the door.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:45 PM   #9
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I have chains on the door and want something else. Therefore the reason for the post.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:11 PM   #10
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Cable looks nice
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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Grandma had some of these on her old cabinets. They looked something like the hydraulic spring on your screen door but were simply a small rod mounted on a pivot on the door and an L bracket in the cabinet with a hole the rod passed through. The rod had a ball end on it that prevented it from passing through the L bracket and providing a stop. Really simple and elegant.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:25 PM   #12
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Measure with a protractor or sliding T bevel, then take two pieces of
steel and weld at the same angle, screw or bolt it to the side of
your cabinet.
The rubber block is what is used on a Solem drum sander bed.
You could use just about any type of rubber though.







This one keeps the door from hitting the grinder.
The stopper on the other side of the cabinet keeps the door from hitting
a milling machine. Should give you some ideas.....
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I was thinking of what larry g posted, but not sure those are readily available anymore.

This should work at less than 90-degrees.
http://www.jrprvinc.com/products/71025.jpg
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
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Move the light fixture?
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #15
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What kind of hinges do you have? I have "European" style, and I did get a "stop" from rockler that keeps mind from opening past about 85 degrees. I know it isn't what you asked for. The cable idea isnt too bad, or how about a wire tie between two eye screws?
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:06 PM   #17
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Can you change the door swing to the opposite side ????
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #18
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Default Re: How to stop cabinet door from opening too wide?

Obviously , reducing the door swing arc is not addressing the root cause.... you f@#ked up, plain and simple. Either the door or the light fixture have to go.
Cut 4 inches off the top of the door and attach the offending part to the cabinet, or move the light. Either way you will have fixed the interferance and allowed the door to open completely.
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Staple a strap inside close to the hinge on both the door and cabinet. Staple points and strap length will determine door travel. Do top and bottom if needed for strength.

Done right it'll be low profile and not be unsightly like the other methods suggested.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #20
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Default Re: How to stop cabinet door from opening too wide?

Most of the better ideas already listed but here are a couple of other items....

You didn't mention if these were metal doors but you could tack on a couple of gate limiters.

Or the old stand buy, swing limiters that are used if the door has a pin.
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