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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 651 days ago 1276 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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FaTToaD

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651 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question box hinge big box walnut oak cedar wooden hinge

Well, after a few months off from the shop due to business travel, getting married, etc I finally got back in the shop this weekend and got some real work done. I started off making a few small boxes. They’re nothing special, just something to get the juices flowing again, but I certainly want to complete them. Especially since the wife has her eye on one of them. I’m just not sure what to do about hinges.

Though I love using Brusso hinges, I don’t want to spend ~$30 a box that are nothing more than experiments. When I first started woodworking I used some cheap hinges from the big box store with limited success. Probably more me than the hinges but I’m still a little unsure about going that route.

Does anyone have any suggestions, or opinions, on decent to good cheap hinges? Either for a big box store or online?

Remember, these are heirloom quality boxes. Mostly just scrap oak, cedar, and walnut, but I want them to look nice and work well. I’m not interested in wooden hinges for these boxes, though I hope to try my hand in that in the near future.

Any suggestions, opinions, or comments are welcome!

Thanks

David

-- David


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JT23325

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#1 posted 651 days ago

One option you could use is buying a nice piano hinge and cutting it to length to fit your porjects. I have used this method on several ocasions and have even filed the ends for a custom hinge look. you can get up to 24 hinges out of a 4’ hinge . just depends on what you want to do.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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woody123

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#2 posted 651 days ago

I, like you, hate to spend 30bucks for Brusso hinges. I have used the cheaper hinges from HD and Loews but I swagged them before installing on the box. By swagging, I mean that I put them in a vise and squeeze the leafs together so that the leafs are flat together. This way I can mortise them into the box frame and the box will close completely, all the way around. I like JT’S suggestion to use piano hinges instead of the individual ones.

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patron

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#3 posted 651 days ago

i use these decorative ‘stop hinges’
from lee valley
(they do need to be on flat backs
not overhanging tops)
they stop when the top is straight up
so the weight doesn’t rip them off
when the top flips back

cheap too

http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=46481&cat=3,41241,41245&ap=1

and some Round Head brass wood screws
(get them in different gauges and lenghts
for wood thickness)

http://woodworker.com/2x14-fl-p1-brass-plated-screw-mssu-853-210.asp?search=&searchmode=2

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Loren

7223 posts in 2244 days


#4 posted 651 days ago

Barrel hinges have a nice action and small ones don’t cost
that much.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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CessnaPilotBarry

877 posts in 706 days


#5 posted 651 days ago

What about these?

http://www.horton-brasses.com/store/clock/clockboxhinges

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4928 posts in 1905 days


#6 posted 651 days ago

I use 1/8” brass rod for pin hinges in my boxes. I figure they cost about 20 cents per box… but what I like best is that they are not visible when covered with a plug… so only the wood box is seen.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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HorizontalMike

6914 posts in 1510 days


#7 posted 651 days ago

These are my favorite sites for hardware that won’t cost you an arm and a leg:

http://www.kennedyhardware.com/hinges/

http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/butthinges.html

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Roger

14096 posts in 1400 days


#8 posted 646 days ago

Gr8 answers, ideas, and links.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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FaTToaD

374 posts in 1738 days


#9 posted 644 days ago

Thanks for all the suggestions! I ordered a few different hinges from Lee Valley and this weekend I’m going try a piano hinge. Thanks again!

-- David

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DLawlessHardware

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#10 posted 638 days ago

Thanks for mentioning us HorizontalMike!

We actually have an entire section for trunk and jewelry box parts. Great prices and great quality.

http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/trunk.html There should be a lot of stuff you can use in this section.

Coupon code “lumberjocks” will get you an extra 10% off.

-- D. Lawless Hardware http://www.dlawlesshardware.com

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 638 days ago

Dlawless, those are some impressive prices.
I bookmarked your site and will be making a purchase very soon. :)
And props for the LJ discount.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 638 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/36519

Maybe make your own like fellow LJer Spalm does.
You can make ones that compliment or contrast your work
and I betcha it will look awesome.

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