|Project by PhilosopherSteve||posted 03-02-2015 08:17 PM||1985 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
I was looking for alternative to hinges when I came across this idea (on a YouTube video). It looked neat so I gave it a try. Getting the linkages right took some trial and error, but I eventually worked it out. The box is typical, splined miters and glued on plywood top/bottom. The box is walnut.
I had to relieve the back edge of the box (where the lid meets the body) to avoid binding as it opens. Due to the size of the box I couldn’t make the top rest flat against the back when open unless I would have the top being below the bottom of the box when fully open- which didn’t look good. So, I had the top sit a little behind the box when opened.
All in all, I like the movement and how it looks. I think brass linkages would look great too against the dark walnut. It’s nice and strong which I was happy about. Since the linkages are just screwed into the sides those screws could eventually work out so I may want to use a small bolt and nut that goes all the way through (might be tricky in the back where the linkage has to be as far back as possible to work right).
I have a video on my YouTube channel if you want to see what the movement looks like :