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Forum topic by greenology posted 10-10-2010 02:08 PM 1383 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2010 02:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question hinge box box hinge soss barrel hinge concealed hinge quadrant hinge

Hey Everyone,

Has anyone used SOSS® Concealed Barrel Hinges when building boxes? I’ve been looking around for an affordable ‘invisible’ hinge and this seems to fit the bill, but I’d like to know your experiences prior to purchasing. I’ve also looked at quadrant hinges, but they’re a bit pricey.



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#1 posted 10-10-2010 03:48 PM

I’ve been wanting to try these myself. It looks like the toughest part would be getting the holes perfectly aligned on base and lid.

If you want to try quadrant hinges, Lee Valley offers some that are reasonably priced and decent quality.

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

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 04:56 PM

I’ve used the hinges quite often. What I do is drill the back piece first before the top is put on. If the top is going to cover the sides. Plan your cut line ahead and drill pass it. If you drill to far you can put a plug in it,.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 05:52 PM

I just tried my first ones. The alignment is easy if you use a fence on the DP. BUT if you put them in the middle of the board, when you open the lid, they pull out. You have to put then right at the edge or 45 the box and lid on the back side. And that looks like crap. Want mine?

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 08:44 PM

I’ve used them once many years ago. In my case, I discovered that once the barrels set into the holes they are not coming out again and you cannot twist them in the hole either (at least I could not). That means you have to put them into the hole the right way the first time.

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

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 02:25 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I’ll go ahead and order some of these. Any thoughts on installing these hinges in the absence of a drill press???

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 07:11 AM

Before cutting the 45 bevels, drill lid, use the point set to mark the location on your base.

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 04:53 PM

There’s always the re-purposed leather belt and cut nail approach. For larger chests, the wider belts from dead pirates work well. ;-)

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