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Forum topic by ronstar posted 04-15-2010 01:48 PM 1078 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2010 01:48 PM

I have a problem building a toy box using frame panel construction. I decided to make an offset frame so the legs stick out from the rails. Now I have a problem with the hinges for the top. If I install hinges on the rail, the top will hit the leg posts since they stick out farther. I can only think of 2 solutions.

1. Use door type hinges cantilevered over the rail so that the back of the hinge lines up with the back of the posts

2. Beef up the top rail by adding a 3/8” thick strip to the rail making it flush with the back of the legs, and then I can use a standard piano hinge

What would be the best solution to this problem? – any other ideas?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 04-15-2010 02:18 PM

Ron—this is my opinion only—with it being a toybox I would not use any of the hinges you describe but would be looking for safety hinges designed for use on toyboxes—they keep the lid from free falling on little heads and fingers—again just my opinion

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 02:27 PM

Another option (and the option I think I would favor most) would be to remove some material from the box top where it lines up with the end panels. It could become an interesting design feature.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 05:04 PM

The least noticeable one would be the first option of just pushing the hinges back. Or put the hinges at the top of the posts and use longer screws into the end grain.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 06:05 PM

Or split the top of the lid and mount the hinges on the lid top where you split it.
Still need to add the additional anti slam hinges.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 04:57 AM

Thanks all!

I forgot to mention that I’m also using Rockler toy box lid supports.

I think I’ll try a combo of option 1 with modifying the lid to allow it to open 90 degrees without hitting the posts.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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