Brass pin question for a box

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Forum topic by Steve K posted 01-27-2008 02:14 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2008 02:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box brass pin

I need general advice on locating / drilling the holes for a brass pin hinge.

I’m working on my first try for a brass pin hinge on a small box. I’m using the photo that Douglas Bordner posted for his 7 grain box as inspiration. That is an incredible box!

I have my box assembled, with the sides taller than the front / back, by exactly the thickness of the lid.

I think the next step would be tape the lid in position on the box then drill with drill press though the side, into the lid.
What is the goal for locating the hole? Exactly ½ the thickness of the lid and inset ½ thickness of the back?

Do I shim the lid in any way prior to drilling?

And finally, I know I have to round over the back edge of the lid to allow clearance for it to swivel. Is there any formula for how much material to remove?

Thanks for any advice. Steve

-- Steve

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#1 posted 02-16-2008 01:51 AM

I just ran across the post and thought I’d check to see if you got an answer or figured it out yourself.

If I understand correctly, the thickness of the back does not matter since the lid is swiveling. Therefore, I think the pin should be 1/2 the thickness of the top both from the top of the lid and from the back edge.

If you round over the back of the lid for clearance, the rounded edge will show on the back of the box. Another way to do it is to cut a cove or even a bevel along the top edge of the back on the inside of the box. The lid has a square edge which rotates into the space made by the cove or bevel. When the box is closed the back edge is flush with the back. With this approach you might want to use a slightly heavier pin since it will be supporting the lid alone without the back edge helping.

Looking forward to seeing your box.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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