I spent a few days working at my desk recently & in doing so re-read some notes from 20-22 years ago about the Essex County cupboards. Turns out the door hinges more easily than I had planned. So today I got a few bits done. Above is the pin in the bottom of the door. The hole it fits is 3/8″. I tilt the door up and that pin falls into the hole in the bottom rail.
The hole in the top rail is bored all the way through – so the top pin simply pokes through from above into the matching hole in the top end of the door stile. Simple.
The way I had done it before the top pin entered the rail from below. The bottom pin fit all the way up in the door & then dropped down when the door was in place. To get it out, you had to tip the whole thing upside down. This cupboard will be beastly heavy. Now you just reach in above the front top rail & lift the pin up. Door pops out.
So then I could install the cornice. I’ve test-fitted it before, so I knew it worked. Just a matter of pinning the joints.
And then the soffit. The more I work on this thing, the heavier it gets.
I forgot to shoot it standing up, but here it is from below; the soffit colored to match the rest of the oak.
(pt 31 Essex County cupboard project 2021/22)