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Old 03-03-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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Double door danger from the microwave

Our Excella has elegant double oak doors concealing the microwave oven. We like these doors, but.....when these doors are opened, the right hand door in particular is a hazard to one's head after removing items from the credenza, below and to the right. I thought long and hard about changing the hinge system so that the door would fold right round to lay flat on the bulkhead, but I could not find a discrete and elegant solution. Instead, I decided to hinge the two doors together at the center, after removing the hinges from the right hand door. The doors are opened as a pair, and then folded together, keeping the right hand door out of harm's way. The matching hinges behind the center joint were "Decorative hinge, Antique Brass Finish", from ACE hardware, part #5300066. Two magnetic catches completed the project. I know we all like pics, so here's a few:
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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great solution. your head thanks you.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Heads-up solution...........looks great!
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:29 PM   #4
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Maybe you should sell your idea to Airstream. This is a great solution to problem had. I love the ideas people always come up with.
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That looks great.....we are putting in a pantry/micro cabinet and that would be a great solution for this....thanks
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Good idea.

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There's a 2006 Classic in our shop right now with something similar--but the updated single door is hinged on top, with a slide catch to keep the door open.
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:43 AM   #8
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Hi, it seems that Airstream has not put enough thought into the cabinets above the refrigerator. I installed spring loaded lifts on mine. Now I don't have to hold the door open with my head to remove or put back my toaster and/or coffee maker. I like your hinged together doors on your trailer. Good idea.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:56 AM   #9
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I'm grateful for all the replies. I tried the lifting door with struts or a catch, but with our Excella there is not enough headroom for my 6 foot height to clear the doors, and I only have an inch or two under the A/c unit as it is. Otherwise, I think the lifting door is the best solution. Another possibility is the old roll-up doors as we have above the sofa, but they don't have the elegance of the oak panelled doors. Nick.
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