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Forum topic by Herb posted 07-30-2007 03:44 AM 1320 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2007 03:44 AM

—not sure—posted this in the “projects” but couldn’t find it—hey; I’ll try to get my shit together.

Hi guys: I’m making a small box and the boards are only .335” thick (or, there abouts)—I had to hand sand the things down so much to get the chip marks out, none of the boards are exactly the same. My toolology is not up to snuff and had my brother cut the boards for me and make the box joints (which were anything but exact and required a considerable amount of filing—that’s life—he did them on a table saw and his jig wasn’t exactly Norm standards). The question is: with boards so thin I’m really up in the air as far as hinging the lid; so what kind of alternative to conventional hinges do I have? I was thinking of just drilling a couple holes in the left and right side of the back of the lid edge and opposing sides and sticking small pins in there to swing on. Not sure how I would have to concave the back of the lid to accommodate that idea. I could grind down screws to .300 and use conventional hinges (epoxy them in). —I want the lid to open regular; like on a hinge—that is: would like to avoid a slide kind of top or something that just popped off. Are there any other lid hinge ideas or techniques out there to use with thin boards? I’m brand new here so don’t know the ropes—my brain isn’t that scattered but at the moment my life is. So, I didn’t read all the forward; get to know the site stuff—so, I’m guessing where to put this inquiry. If I’m off the wall—be the Catcher in the Rye and kick me back into play. Thanks; Herb

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#1 posted 07-30-2007 10:37 PM

I can’t help you on this but there are lots of box lovers here who will have a suggestion or two.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 02:57 PM

I don’t know if this would interest you, but you could always epoxy some hinges under the lid and on the interior of the box where they can’t be seen from the outside. This way the thickness of your wood would not be a concern and the lid would open as you would like. You will have to offset the hinges so that the lid sits flush on top of your box. Carpet tape may be helpfull in locating the hinges before epoxying them in place permanently.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 09:52 PM

Thanks; I’ll see how it goes. I’ll come up with something. (I am a great fan of epoxy)

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 10:33 PM

If you haven’t assembled it yet you an make the front and back of the box lower than the sides by the thickness of the lid and use brass dowels through the carcase sides. If you had a tiny bit more thickness you could use 5mm barrel hinges (Woodcraft, Veritas, others). Probably still could use them if you glued a ledger strip inside or outside the box walls. Check my project pages, specifically the seven grain box and the pen box entries for more detail.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 08-02-2007 10:54 PM

Thanks Doug: The box isn’t assembled and the sides are taller than the front and back by the thickness of the lid. Using some kind of brass dowels was what I was thinking (if I can drill the holes in the sides and lid so they are alligned). Not sure where to drill the holes or what accomodation I need to make so the lid is free to swing up 90 degrees (seems like I need to cut something out because the lid will be rotating on the axis of the dowels). I’ve never seen those barrel hinges before—they look cool. I’ll get some of the 5mm ones from Wood Craft. I assume that’s what you used in one of your pen boxes. The more I think about it the better I like those barrel hinges. Like you say, I can just glue a strip of wood to the inside of the lid and back—do you think glue will do the trick (epoxy) or will I need to cut some kind of joint to keep the strip in place?

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