Rockler Torsion Hinges - A Few Questions If You've Used Them

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Forum topic by MadGerman posted 10-04-2012 12:04 AM 2445 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2012 12:04 AM

Hi guys,

I’m considering the Rockler Torsion Hinges for a chest I’m designing. I have a few questions that I’m hoping you guys can answer for me.

I’ve seen them used by a number of guys here, they seem to be very popular.

1. When they open, does the lid “spring open” or does it have an easy feel to it?

2. How far can the lid be opened? It looks like the lids on the chests I’ve seen them used on only open to about 45 degrees.

3. When the lid is closed, does it have a “positive feel” in the closed position, or does it feel like it’s ready to spring open with the slightest touch.

4. Is there any difference between the ones that appear to “hook” over 3/4” stock and the ones that mount “flat”?

Thanks to all who can answer my questions.


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#1 posted 10-04-2012 12:24 AM

Used them several times, they will open vertically t about 90° if memory serves me correctly. The top still hass mass to it, and will not spring open. I have only used the ones that hook over the back. I have used them typically in sets of 3, as they were toy boxes and when they were about shut, the top would close w/more force than I like. I have also used them in conjunction w/the less expensive spring type hinges on really heavy tops. Good luck and welcome to LJS.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 05:43 PM

Thanks. I’m going back and forth between using them or not. Part of me thinks I ‘should’ but then another part of me says I don’t need them. We don’t have little kids running around using this as a toy chest. She’s not going into the chest all the time. I like the more traditional look of a piano hinge or just regular decorative hinges. The torsion hinges just seem out of place on a piece of fine furniture. Maybe it’s just me. I like the idea of using a nice decorative hinge and a section of brass chain in the corners to keep the lid from opening too far back.

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