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sarahss

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634 days ago

I want to build a blanket chest—a reproduction of the 1903 Rohlfs chest. the top has a strip of wood about 4 inches or so attached to the back of the box and then the rest of the top is hinged to that piece. It used butt hinges (3 of them I think). I was hoping someone could recommend some hinges that could take the weight of someone sitting directly on them—as will likely happen with this chest.

there’s a photo of it in this link, or it’s easy to find on google.

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/12659168_charles-rohlfs-blanket-chestnut-1903

Thanks!


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Roz

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#1 posted 634 days ago

Hi Sarahss, It looks to me like the sides of the box will take a lot of the weight of someone sitting on it. I would suspect three of any standard hinge would be strong enough. I would look for decorative hardware that would compliment the project. Looks like the hinge straps do not show.
Good luck, I look forward to seeing the post.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Loren

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#2 posted 634 days ago

It’s not likely to be much of an issue, but if you want more
strength, use longer screws than the brass ones that
come with smaller hinges.

Because the top of the chest overlays 3 sides, it is the
sides of the chest that take the weight, not the hinges.

Lee Valley has a lot of nice looking hinges and many that
are a cut above what you’ll likely find at a home center.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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sarahss

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#3 posted 634 days ago

Hey Terry & Loren
I wondered about the sides taking the weight. Thanks for reinforcing that. Good idea on the screws Loren, I’ll likely do that.

sarah

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Howie

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#4 posted 634 days ago

Nice looking chest Sarah. I’m sure it will be a worthy project. If you are going for an “authenic” older look maybe strap hinges would fit the bill. Either way like others stated,the sides are taking the weight so you should not have a problem.

-- Life is good.

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tenontim

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#5 posted 634 days ago

I use the brass hinges from Lee Valley for most of my projects. They are well made and should hold up well for this chest.

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