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#1 posted 10-30-2012 07:53 PM

Box-making is a funny thing.

“This is awesome! I don’t even need much wood for this!”

“Hardware would make this way better. Lift-lid boxes are boring.”

“How much could some hinges cost? Like $5?”

“Ok, my $5 hinges suck. They suck suck suck. They look cheap, feel cheap, and ruined my whole project. There has to be something better.”

“WTF? $35? Why do I need a $35 hinge? This is a little gift box made from scraps. It’s not like I have the skill to make some fine-art box with $50 hinges!”

“It’s going to cost me almost $50 to hinge ONE box and I can’t even get a non-brass hinge?”

“That wood hinge-making jig from Incra looks like a deal. If only I liked the look of wood hinges…”

“There has to be a secret source of high-quality, relatively cheap hinges for boxes. There JUST HAS TO BE. Someone tell me the frickin’ secret place.”

“Oh…there isn’t? **. I guess I’ll just make them with lift-lids.”


That being said, a few manufacturers have started making nickel/chrome hinges of high quality. Vertex makes Brusso-quality hinges in a nickel finish – I believe Woodcraft carries them. They cost even more than the Brusso.

Another option is the Neat Hinge (Hawthornecrafts) or Smart Hinge (Andrew Crawford). Also in that $30+ price range, but excellent hinges.

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