by • April 12, 2012 • Hardware & Hidden Doors, ReviewsComments (4)13378

Rixson Pivot Hinge Review (Model 370 Center Hung)

Hello my hardware geek friends!  Yes indeed it’s time to talk about pivot hinges.  I’m sure you’re as excited as I am about this topic. The model we used on this double pair of custom sized Master Closet doors is the Rixson 370 Center Hung and let me tell you these are top of the line.  Solid, heavy, well built, ball bearings, and they have the price tag that goes along with that quality.  They run about $225 per door for a set of these.  Here’s some photos of the finished product.  Webber+ Studio was the Architect on this project and these are super sexy.  The doors are solid core doors that we veneered with rift sawn pecan after installing the pivots and getting the doors working perfectly.  They have 3/8″ reveals to the floor, ceiling, and sides.  The drywall is flush at the ceiling but we sunk a piece of flush poplar into the drywall so we could cleanly route the top hinge flush with the ceiling.  The hardwood floors were installed and the bottom pivots were routed flush with the floor.  

 I highly recommend these hinges, but you need a good carpenter to pull them off.  Be sure to budget time for a complicated install, this is not a rookie job.  Here’s my video review if you’d like to see them in action.  -Matt Risinger

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PS>  Please consider buying these Rixson hinges from this Amazon Link.  I get a small percent of your sale price as an Amazon Associate and that helps support my blogging efforts.  You’ll get the same price either way.  I appreciate the support!  Best, Matt

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  • Michael

    Gotta say, those hinges absolutely rock! I think I actually choked though when I saw the prices on them, hehehe ;). I wonder what kind of weight they can actually handle vertically and on shear… I have a fun project in mind, we have a hallway with a bedroom door on either side and Im thinking of converting our bedroom door. Originally I was thinking of a sliding barn style door (about $130 in parts I think) but then started to get a gleam in my eye for a bookcase hidden door! I LOVE those things and actually building one is appealing not only from the project aspect, but also since buying one custom built looks to be in the riding lawnmower price range, ouch! …but at the hinge price, I might have to get creative and build a set! 😉

    • Michael, You’re cracking me up! Yes the hinges are expensive, but the are pretty cheap compared to your time and the materials involved in a door project. I’m not sure of the weight capacity, but I’ll be it’s pretty stout. Let me know what you do. Sounds cool! Matt

  • thelukefriesen

    Matt, do you know how much radius there is in-between the pairs? I know with the Rixson 370 Pivots…you need to radius the “pivot edge” – I would just like as little of a gap as possible.

  • disqus_fztJixKYPV

    Hi Matt, I was wondering if you might now if this hinge still works if the door and the wall has a baseboard? I’m trying to imagine if the offset pivot would allow the door’s baseboard edge to clear the baseboard edge on the wall site. Rixon’s customer service been hard to get a hold of