Lid Stay - Has Anyone Tried This?

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Forum topic by ghazard posted 08-28-2010 06:27 PM 3011 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2010 06:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box lid hold open

I am playing with a design for a lid stay and have retro fitted it onto a few previous boxes before I put something on my new most recent box.

I have installed a small piece of wood on the seam of the lid and body between the hinges. The lid, when opened far enough, rests on this piece and it stays open.

Has anyone tried this before? Was it successful long term? Stopping the lid in this way can put alot of stress on the hinges…that is my biggest worry. On the left side (maple) box below the lid is pretty simple and lightweight and this works very well for it. But for the other box (mahogany) below…the lid is much heavier and I worry about it. This box is mine so I am going to keep it like this for a while to monitor how well it works.




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#1 posted 08-29-2010 03:51 AM

Not a bad idea, although I would think you might get more strength if maybe you made the strip go all the way across the lid area mortising enough for the hinges. Thereby allowing for less stress on the hinges with the lid up. Just a thought!

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 05:02 AM

Just a suggestion, put the screw through from the inside of the box, through the hinge and into the “lid stay”. I would suggest a piece of maple, hard enough to withstand the use. Would strengthen soft woods like mahogany and pine etc. Gregn’s idea is good by putting it all the way across. I will be trying this, good idea.

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 03:24 AM

With as little as the lid on a small box such as you show weighs, I don’t think I would be too worried about stresses on the hinge. It isn’t as if it were a toolbox that would be opened multiple times every day. I would screw through the back of the box into the stop – would just look better.


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#4 posted 09-01-2010 05:04 AM

Very good idea, I think I would use a dowel and glue instead of the screws but the concept is great.

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 04:57 PM

Great idea!! Thanks for posting! I don’t make many boxes but this will be implemented into my next one.
Thanks, BTKS

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 07:03 PM

Definitely screwing it on from the inside is the way to go for the proper solution to this. The way I assemble and finish my boxes prevents me from installing this prior to the finish coat…hence glue won’t work. I am still torn on this…and in fact I am not going to use it on my current Recipe box for my sisters wedding. I found a drill with a 90deg head that will allow me to install my first plan of a ribbon on the inside as the lid stay….but for the right box…I like this option.

I will keep the two pictured above installed though…they stay in my home so I will be watching to see if there is any long term loosening of the hinges or something…


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#7 posted 09-06-2010 04:12 AM

I make alot of large and small boxes, first off its a really nice touch, but as you said long term with frequent use you may get alot of torque on those hinges and they may come loose over time.

-- rob, ont,canada

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