Disassembling and Rebuilding a Triang Stockbroker

Front Opening Panel

Triang Front Panel

The original small front panel has been over painted in white, with black [hard to remove] paint on the beams. The panel did not have hinges on it you can see the holes in the side of the side wall. The more I look at this house the worse it gets.

Triang Front Panel

This panel is made of ply wood, which is made up like a wood sandwich. This sandwich had split and the layers needed gluing. I also had to add some slithers of wood where pieces were missing, you can see this in the top right hand side.

Triang Front Panel

How many clamps does it take to make a wood sandwich? …… [As many as I had in my drawer.]

Triang Front Panel

This is the finished Panel, with its new wooden beams and shiny hinges.

I think when hinges are fitted the panel will have a gap. I am not sure that it should have a space, must study some other pictures of Stockbroker houses to see correct position for them.

Few minutes later …………………………….

I have looked at other picture of the Stockbroker house and how the panel is fitted, and the hinges are on the side of the house as I thought. I did notice that in the pictures the panels did not have a big gap when fitted, why is it then mine has such a large gap. Then it dawned on me I had fitted the hinges the wrong way round. I just don’t seem to be able to get my head round hinges.



This post is inspired from the last one, and the difficulty I have with understand the workings and fitting of a hinge. Mainly for me to refer to, I started by an internet search ‘What is hinge’ …..

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Oops my search should have been ‘What is a hinge’ …

A hinge is a mechanical bearing that connects two solid objects, typically allowing only a limited angle of rotation between them. Two objects connected by an ideal hinge rotate relative to each other about a fixed axis of rotation: all other translations or rotations being prevented, and thus a hinge has one degree of freedom. Hinges may be made of flexible material or of moving components…. [Wikipedia]

The hinge I have used is called a butt hinge.

I went onto the ‘DIY World‘ site that describes this type of hinge … ‘Looking at the 75mm hinge it appears at first glance that the two flaps are identical, but on closer examination, a slight difference can be seen between them. The knuckle which is wrapped around the pivot pin is made up of five segments from the two flaps, with one flap forming the top, middle and bottom segments, while the other forms the other two. The flap that forms the two portions also has slight gaps between it and the knuckle at the top middle and bottom. This flap with the two portions wrapped around the pivot pin is the flap that is fitted to the door.’

Well there we go, why do I find a simple hinge so complicated?

Triang Hinge

This is my hinge with its flaps open around the pivot pin.

Triang Hinge

This is my hinge with its flaps closed around the pivot pin.

Triang Hinge

This is my hinge turning its flaps on the pivot pin, this way it does not close all the way but stops at an angle.

Triang Hinge

This is my hinge with one of its flaps attatched to a piece of wood with screws. [A short, slender, sharp-pointed metal pin with a raised helical thread running around it and a slotted head, used to join things together by being rotated so that it pierces wood or other material and is held tightly in place.]

Triang Hinge

This is my hinge in place, with both flaps attatched with screws, enabling it to rotate around the pivot pin.

My door will have a gap in it as I have attached it using the original screw holes, I could have mounted it against the edge thus giving it a smaller gap. As the area of wood which the screws would have to go in is not very wide, it was better this way.

Do I understand the workings of a hinge better, yes at the moment, until the next time …………..

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    Wow that’s a lot of work. But I bet it looks amazing when it’s DONE !!!!

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      It’s slowly getting there, mainly the windows to complete, a very time comsuming job !!

  2. hi Lee, i love popping in every so often to see what you are working on. every time i log in i see something new.. keep it up ,you inspire me … christine X

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      Thank you for your kind comment, this one is a bit of a challenge.

  3. Brave and competent woman – a lot of hard work especially those windows..

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      I keep getting that feeling, why did I start this. Then I think one day it will be a dolls house again. As for the windows 15 in all, but at least they are complete if a little rusty.

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