Piano hinge - mortise or no?

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Forum topic by Razorburne posted 08-10-2014 04:04 AM 1381 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2014 04:04 AM

I am almost at the point in my toy box build that I will be ordering some hardware (hinge and lid support). My initial instinct was to go with Rockler torsion hinges, but to be honest they are too darn expensive. So, I will be going the piano hinge and lid support route. But to be honest, I have never had to install a hinge in my life and I don’t want to screw anything up. I plan on using a Vixbit sef-centering bit to drill my pilot holes. And as I’ve never done it before, my instinct to not screw anything up is to mount the hinge without mortise. What do you guys think I should do?

Toy box is made of 3/4” pine if that is important to your response

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 04:07 AM

and as it’s 3/4” pine, I’m assuming I would need to use a 1 1/2” x length piano hinge, so there is approximately 3/4” of metal flange to use on install.

is that correct?

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 04:14 AM

Assuming the toy box is for a little one, make sure the lid won’t close fast on little fingers. I built one for my great grandson and found some great slow-closing lid supports at Rockler. They keep the lid from falling and slamming shut. Easy to mount (in spite of the multi-lingual instructions), they are less than $30 and a worthwhile safety device. You match the weight and size of the top for a correct support.

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 04:39 AM

With the piano hinge, the plan is to use lid support as you outlined from Rockler. I’m one step ahead of you!

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