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Forum topic by Mrkixx posted 07-22-2016 01:34 AM 307 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2016 01:34 AM

Ok my fellow LJ’s, I have been wondering how to select my hinges for my boxes, now I don’t know if there is a rule of thumb when choosing the size or not, When I make my hinge gains should I go right from outside to inside, or do I leave a little of material on the inside edge of the box, just wondering if it’s an esthtics thing or if it is the difference between a seasoned or a novice craftsman. Your input would be great.
Thanks in advance.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 02:03 AM

I don’t know if there is any rule on what hinge to use. I’d say it is the builders choice and a lot of things could affect that- like how big they are to the size of the box or chest, how many are needed, load they have to carry, hidden or not, finish ( black, brass, plated) to match other hardware.

The best thing to do to start is to look at other boxes similar to yours and see what they used and how you like the look. You have to be the first one to be pleased with the result!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 03:24 AM

Look at Lee valleys selection of box hinges, more selection than you could ever dream of only bad thing is some of the prices!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 03:46 AM

Ya Andre, I hear ya about their prices, I’ve just always placed my hinges on the outside of boxes unless I do pins

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Jim Finn

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 09:18 PM

I do the same as Mrkixx and install surface mounted hinges. I have made and sold over 2000 boxes like this over the past seven years.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 02:10 AM

Hinge spacing is a personal choice, but there is an engineering solve. To balance two hinges they both should have equal stress on both sides – two hinges with two sides = space in from end 1/4 of overall length. This gives a 1/4 – 1/2 – 1/4 spacing proportion. For three hinges the spacing is 1/6 – 1/3 – 1/3 – 1/6 and so on.


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#6 posted 07-23-2016 06:32 AM

I use Brusso butt and quadrant hinges on all my boxes. and I love them

-- Ken

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 02:44 PM

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