lid stay for Caswell Runyon chest

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Forum topic by lignumvitae posted 08-01-2016 02:32 PM 195 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2016 02:32 PM

I have restored a Caswell Runyan cedar chest to be used as a toy chest. It has the traditional compound hinges for the lid that envelops the chest on all side. I would like to install soft close lid stays for safety but can’t determine which will work or if they will work at all. I have used lid stays previously with an overlay lid. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 02:44 AM


Perhaps I do not understand the problem, but Rockler has what they call a soft close lid stay that they claim will protect those little fingers. It would seem that this stay could be mounted to the chest, perhaps requiring a simple interior modification if the lid has an inner flange that hugs the interior side walls of the chest.

For what it is worth, a wooden toy chest is a project I considered building a long time ago. However, I could never figure out how to protect little fingers, even with routing a relief sized to accommodate little fingers around the area where the lid contacts the sides and front. Plus I feared fingers pinched or smashed around the hinges. Since I am not a very trusting person, I placed little confidence that even quality soft close stays would always work. Even when they work, the heavy lid can still close and pinch those fingers. As a result it never got built. So what was my answer; an ugly Rubber Maid box.

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