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Forum topic by Tyler posted 01-14-2011 09:02 PM 2555 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyler

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01-14-2011 09:02 PM

I built my wife a keepsake box almost a year ago and I still have yet to put hinges on it! Kind of embarrassing really…. The only hinges I could find around town were the cheap brass hinges, typically intended for craft items I believe.

Anyway, I’m wondering what kind of hinges are best and where to get them? I’ve seen some small cylinder-like hinges that look nice but I can’t find them and I don’t know what they are called. I’ve also seen the quad hinges that look nice but not sure I’m skilled enough to install them :-).

The box is made of walnut and is about 1/2” thick, 9” wide by 5” deep and about 5” high. I have already cut the lid and I’m not looking to make any design changes to accommodate hinges.

Any and all ideas welcome!


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FaTToaD

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 10:21 PM

I would look into Brusso hinges. You can find them here at Rockler. They’re pricey compared to the cheap hinges you’ll find at local hardware stores, but they are worth it. I used my first set on this box, and I was very happy when them. If you’re going to spend all the time and effort on a box that’ll last several lifetimes, you might as well put quality hardware on it. And trust me, you’ll love these hinges.

David

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levan

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 11:42 PM

You might want to consider making your own out of wood. There are some really neat ones on here. Just do a search for wooden hinges.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 01:03 AM

For some time now, I’ve been using only side rail hinges from bcspecialities.com. They are available in quadrant or stop-hinge without the quadrant. In two sizes. Both will work fine with 1/2” stock using a 5/16” router bit. These are machined from solid brass and gold plated and suitable for the finest box. They are also easier to install perfectly. They are about $30/pair. Brusso’s are well made, but the quadrants will be difficult to install perfectly without their router jig. But then, you may prefer their regular stop hinges. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Roger

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kodiak

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 01:14 AM

lots of different kind of hinges at Lee Valley

these are the barrel hinges

http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=64335&cat=3,41241,41265

http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=62129&cat=3,41241,62129

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 01:18 AM

The cylinder type hinges you are talking about are probably barrel hinges like these – -

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=270&filter=barrel%20hinges

I’ve used them in the past. Note that they are metric and you really need a metric drill bit. Also, I advise that when you first put them into the hole, make sure you have them aligned right. It is sometimes very difficult to pull them out or rotate them once they are in place (even before you tighten them down).

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 03:00 AM

R Geer,

I bought some of those 5mm hinges from Woodcraft… and have been having a little problem getting a true 5mm brad point bit. They are very tricky to install.

I finally went to a simple 1/2 x ~1/4 Pin hinge As in this box I was making.

I’ve liked this type of hinge so well, I have made a few more with it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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richgreer

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 03:50 AM

I did not know they made those hinges in 5 mm. That’s about 3/16”. That’s very small. I’ve never used anything smaller than 10 mm.

I have also used the pin hinge that you like and for certain situations I really like it. In terms of style, the pin hinge may be a little more casual and the barrel hinge can be a little more formal.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 03:56 AM

I agree, Rich…

Those BOSS hinges are sure Formal looking… and expensive too… never used them… just looked….

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Tyler

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 03:25 PM

Thanks for all for the ideas. I do like the pin hinge and plan on trying that in the near future. For this box, I want a slightly more formal look and will likely try the barrel hinge or quadrant hinges. Although those Brusso hinges look nice to. Whatever I do I’ll install the hinges on a test box first!

This was my first forum post and I received some great information. Thanks LJs!

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