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07-20-2015 02:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drop front support lid support lid stay woodworking help question

I have built this box to put between the top and bottom of my tool boxes at work. I am having a problem though. I don’t know a good way to support the front when it drops down. I bought the typical lid supports and I cannot find a way to install them because they have to move more than 90 deg. Take a look at the pics and please comment and help with this situation. I also have attached a pic of the lid supports to give an idea what I am up against. I am almost resigned to using chain sadly. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 05:00 AM

Apparently the pictures didn’t work on my first post, so here is another try:

Here is my project with a sketchup drawing:

And here is the lid support I need to install:

I could really use some help with this…

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 06:22 AM

I have never used one, but it looks like it should close if you mount it supporting the lid. Am I missing something?

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 06:55 AM

Well, it looks that way, however, I am closing it past 90 deg. and that seems to complicate things. The instructions for mounting it say to put the screw holes 6 7/8” from the hinge centerline, but If I do that in this case the lid will not open flat. I need it to open about 110 deg total. It kinda makes sense that it should work, but I can’t figure it out… I was hoping there would be some nice clean answer to this, but it is really looking like I need to just use chain to hold it. I am going to use the drop down lid as a writing platform, so I need it to be fairly rigid/strong…
Here are the instructions on the package:

Ya know, I have seen this type of support used on those drop front secretary desks and they travel more than 90 deg., so I thought this would work here too…


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#4 posted 07-20-2015 12:57 PM

What about the Rockler torsion hinges?

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 02:44 PM

I don’t see a problem. The dimensions shown are for 90°, but in order for these supports to work, you need to get away from the manufacturer’s suggestion, and manipulate the support until it folds and supports like you want it to. Make a mock up of your cabinet. Nothing fancy. Just 2 pieces of wood, probably plywood about 4” wide and long enough to attach the support to. Set it to the 90° dimensions on the door and attach the support with one screw. Mark the arm position on the side of the angled piece. Bring up the door and position or try to position the arm support on the mark. If it doesn’t match up, mark it where it bottoms out, and measure how far off it is. Split the difference at the door mount, and try it again. keep it up until you get the desired effect, and then install it on the original piece.

It’d been done for hundreds of years, so it’s not a big mystery…............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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