Hide an access panel using concealed hinges
Now that I'm almost finished installing the rail-and-stile paneling in my living room, I'd like to build a hidden door to cover the wood storage bin next to the fireplace. But I'm stumped on how to design it so no hardware is visible. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.
— Terry, Wilmington, DE
Norm Abram replies: Make the door the size you want and fit it with concealed Soss hinges that slide in and out of a mortise, and a touch latch, the kind that opens with a slight push (available through Woodworker's Supply, 800-645-9292). With careful workmanship, the door will be nearly impossible to find.