what size hinges should i use?

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04-05-2016 06:25 PM

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Hello, this is my second fine woodworking project and I’m making a blanket chest, what size hinges should I use for the lid, the lid is 23×17. I bought door hinges but I think that’s a little much and would take away from the bountiful eastern red cedar. any suggestions on the size, the red cedar is 3/4 btw

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#1 posted 04-05-2016 06:33 PM

Simple answer = piano hinge

More complex answer: what is the probability that small kids will be anywhere near this? If it’s non-zero, then I would strongly urge you to use something that will avoid hurting little fingers. There are hinges that do this:

although you can use any kind of hinge plus some kind of lid support such as:

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#2 posted 04-05-2016 06:41 PM

I agree with Brtech.

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#3 posted 04-05-2016 07:27 PM

Hinges are rated by their carrying load. If you get a hinge rated more than 2x the carry weight then if one hinge fails the 2nd will carry the load for a while.

Hinges should be evenly spaced so the load is balanced. For two hinges its 1/4 – 1/2 – 1/4.


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