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04-25-2010 10:09 PM

I purchased 48 inch piano hinges from Lowes. I need to cut the to 40 inches for a project. Is this possible? If so, what precautions do I need to take. Thanks Paul

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 10:17 PM

I do it all the time.

Just clamp it tightly in a vise very close to where you intend to cut it, and use a sharp hacksaw. Any rough edges can be cleaned up with a file when you are done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 10:26 PM

My advice is to take a scrap piece of wood and cut a groove in it that is just wide enough to for the hinge to set down into. The groove should be deep enough for the hinge to be 1/2” below the surface. With a hacksaw cut down through the wood and the hinge. In my experience, this gives you a cleaner cut primarily because the hacksaw cannot jump around when you are starting.

Note – If you have a reciprocating saw with a metal blade, it will work well with my technique. If you try a reciprocating saw on a hinge that is sticking out of a vice, the saw will jump around too much.

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

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 10:37 PM

to be real safe for a first timer…use a hack saw. I have done this twice and if I had gone with power…results could have been disasterous. depending your hinges can be very brittle…as is the case with the ones I bought at a big box. They bend and twist easy..

Go with your gut on this you will be fine.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 10:40 PM

You will also want to watch where the screw holes are in the hinge. For instance, you may want to cut 4” off each end instead of just cutting 8” off the one end.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 11:10 PM

i was not aware that you could cut piano hinges down to length thanks also for the info

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 11:38 PM

oh wow..i thought they were just for piano’s…lol….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 04-26-2010 12:22 AM

I use a chop saw sandwitch the hinge between 2 peces of wood , clamp in the chopsaw vise and saw away cot on the outside of the joint in the hinge.

-- wchips

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