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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 04-29-2007 01:53 AM 2333 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2007 01:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hinges hardware tips

Over the past year Rick and I have completed quite a few projects (from benches, to a gazebo, to outdoor sheds). We have really enjoyed the process and the learning curve—- except when it comes to hinges!!! These little guys leave us frustrated, embarrassed, and confused.

I do have to say that we have only been using hinges that we have had lying around but for the life of us we have yet to get the doors/seats to open as we would like on the first, second, third, or fourth try!

Does anyone know of videos online that demonstrates the variety of hinges and how they are used? Or even just describe the options are!

Thanks everyone (as always)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)


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#1 posted 04-29-2007 01:59 AM

I would look at the Lee Valley web site and I would also order their catalogs. They have great woodworking, hardware, and garden catalogs.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-29-2007 04:04 AM

Check this PDF FWW.
There area lot of different kinds of them.
Fww has a lot of different PDF’s on hinges.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 04-29-2007 11:38 AM

thanks Wayne and Dick.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 04-30-2007 06:11 AM

I’ve been working on some jewelry boxes for the last three weeks and am finally done other than the hardware. I went to my local supplier that has a Rockler outlet within it and was overwhelmed with the types of hinges. I was shocked that tiny brass butt hinges could cost over $20 a pair. I paid that much for the walnut stock. I didn’t know what I needed or wanted for that matter. I know I didn’t want to pay $20 for hinges, but I don’t want something that would take away from the boxes look. I’ll have to expirement a little to see what I like. Good luck on your pursuit, however.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 04-30-2007 03:47 PM

If you have one near you, Woodcraft has extruded brass hinges for a bit less ($9 to $15). You can get pressed brass hinges and clasps and such at big box stores, but… they’re really cheaply made and they aren’t really a sign of quality work. The only time I ever really use those is if I’m making something for the shop, like a router bit storage box. To be honest with you, even the hinges at Woodcraft aren’t as good as the king of all brass hinges (Brusso).

If I’m making something that I will put my name on and sell or give away as a present, I’ll always use extruded or milled brass hinges.

If you’re selling pieces, and you want to justify the added cost of $25 or $30 Brusso extruded brass hinges, then add $30 or $40 to the price of your work and tell your customers you only use the highest quality hardware. People will pay for quality if you give them a reasonable choice.

If you’re just making it for yourself or your spouse, then… how much do you like yourself (or love your significant other)? Enough to spend $2.50? Or enough to spend $25.00? I also think you’ll have an easier time of installing your hardware, to be honest with you.

I’d recommend at least trying the more expensive hinges once or twice. That way, you can decide for yourself if you’d rather spend the money on them or not.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#6 posted 04-30-2007 03:53 PM

Ethan Wrote: “If you’re just making it for yourself or your spouse, then… how much do you like yourself (or love your significant other)? Enough to spend $2.50? Or enough to spend $25.00? I also think you’ll have an easier time of installing your hardware, to be honest with you.”

Jeff: Haha. My wife said something very similar when I was complaining about the costs to her. “I’m not worth $20 hinges???” Walked right into that one. You’re right about the cheap pressed hinges. I picked up a pair of small ones for less than $3.00 and got what I paid for. I think I am going to order a couple different styles from Lee Valley or Woodcraft. I want to order some ring bars for the jewelry boxes anyhow.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 07-02-2010 04:31 PM

picking this topic back up over 3 years later….

I have also had problems with the cheaper quadrant hinges from rockler. Just slight variations in the stamped hinges can cause big headaches when installing and getting your lid to shut perfectly. Makes you want to shell out the extra $30 for the Brusso hinges.

I’m currently making 4 humidors and I want them to look top-of-the-line. But when you add 4 $37 hinges to your cart it adds up to $148 and REALLY makes you second guess their worth.
I still don’t know what I’m going to do.

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 05:57 PM

I understand your dilemma—the investment really makes a difference, but the bankbook gasps at the thought.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 07-03-2010 04:52 AM

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#10 posted 07-03-2010 11:58 AM

Thanks Greg

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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