Brass Pin Hinges for jewelry box - How much weight can they hold

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Forum topic by Richard posted 04-20-2011 09:56 PM 7073 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2011 09:56 PM

Hi, I am trying to decide on the hinges for a jewelry box I am building (or trying to anyway) and I kind of like the Pin Hinges but was wondering how much weight they can hold when the lid of the box is opened as I might decide to add a small mirror on the inside of the lid and it would add some more weight to it.
The hinges I have been looking at are shown in the picture here.

The box will be about 13”W x 8”D x 3” or 4”H with a 3/4” thick base and 1/2” sides useing lockmiter joints (if I can get the setup right) and a 1/2” top with an as yet to be determined edge design.
So basicly I am wondering if these hinges will hold the weight if I decide to inlay a small mirror about 6” x 10” into the center of the inside of the top or would I be better off useing more conventional butt hinges.


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#1 posted 04-20-2011 10:29 PM

Cylinder hinges, Barrel hinges, bullet hinges….or whatever they are called by the supplier are pretty strong, but a bit unstable. I would say that they could hold the weight (most manufacturers will list the weight recommendations on the different sizes of these. If they don’t you can typically call them and find out.

I have used these on boxes with fairly heavy lids…(inlayed with bronze decorations) and have not had an issue with them. They can be a bit tricky to set up. My only recommendation is not to use them on wood that would move alot….these hinges are glued into a hole….if there is any movement….they will get out of alignment or come out.

You might want to think of using a side rail or quadrant hinge with lid support? That way you would not have to prop the top to use the mirror – there are some lid supports that are adjustable also. That would be the way I would go I think.

Rockler has a big selection of hinges to peruse. Luckily we have a store not too far away that I can see them at….it is hard to pick from a picture sometimes.

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 11:47 PM

Thanks reggiek, I think I will try these on this one as I really want to have as little hinge showing as possiable. The wood will be either red or white oak so I am hoping there won’t be any or much movement in it.

Can the side rail or quadrant hinge with lid support be installed in a 1/2” thick side? Also I will be useing a small chain on the inside of the box for the lid support. Your lucky to have the store close by, the best I have is a Woodcraft store about 25 miles away, so I am stuck withe pictures pretty much.

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