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Forum topic by LonelyRaven posted 04-08-2009 05:38 PM 2989 views 3 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2009 05:38 PM

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So I stopped by Woodcraft on my day off to check out small box hinges…the kind you’d use for jewelry boxes and the like…I was shocked to see most of them were $30+! And they really didn’t seem to me to be worth that premium.

So, what are options you box makers have used that you like, that are affordable, functional, and look good?

IMHO, I prefer my hinges to be as inconspicuous as possible…but I’m just getting into box making, so maybe I’m making things harder for myself than I realize.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Examples?

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#1 posted 04-08-2009 05:45 PM

Try an arts and crafts store. They are not the best quality but are a lot less money.

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#2 posted 04-08-2009 05:46 PM

The hinge I use for all of my better jewelry boxes I order from Beall Tool Company. It’s a round hinge that has a stop included. It’s mortised on the outside of the box.

Woodcraft also has a slot hinge I use at $2.50.

And on really small boxes …..

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#3 posted 04-08-2009 05:52 PM

LeeValley has a selection of small piano hinges that I use frequently. They are reasonably priced and have a very nice polished finish, unlike a lot of cheap hardware.,41241,41263

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 05:57 PM

You can request the Hardware Catalog of Lee Valley tool for free(, they have all the flavors and colors!,41419

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 06:04 PM

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 06:12 PM

Now those prices are much more reasonable! Thanks!

For those with a Menards in the area…they have Stainless Steel 1” hinges for only $7.50 that didn’t look too bad. The rest of their hinges looked pretty poor.

I like options…and what I saw locally was pretty poor…so much so that I was considering simply making my own hinges out of aluminum!

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 06:17 PM

Odie, I saw those blades there, but my Woodcraft must have been out of those hinges. If they do the job, then I probably would have picked up a pair, plus a blade. Those hidden ones look neat!

Do you epoxy them in? Pin them? Screws? Oh wait, zooming in, it looks like they are press fit. That makes sense!

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 08:40 PM

I’ve had a lot of luck with some of the hardware at Menards and there’s also some good web sites out there with cheaper alternatives. One of the tricks that I used on the sideboard that I completed a few months ago was to pick up cheap hinges at the hardware store and treat them with brass black to make them look more aged. The result was not as fancy as something from a woodworking store, but it worked for me.

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#9 posted 04-08-2009 10:00 PM

I would like to try making the famous krenov knife hinges have you seen them I don’t think they would work on boxes but inconspicous they are indeed regards Alistair

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#10 posted 04-08-2009 10:10 PM

This was a geat question as the answers have given me another few places to look for hinges. I never would have thought to ask.

-- Chris

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#11 posted 04-09-2009 04:15 PM

LR, yes you epoxy the barrel hinges in. I use the yadahooty out of them. The barbed hinges work great, and the procedure for installing them came from Fine Woodworking about eight years ago.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#12 posted 04-10-2009 12:58 AM

I ran across a thread on here the other day on here that had a link to a site that had Brusso like hinges for a much better price and did not bookmark it. Been kicking myself. I’ll go do a search for brusso now.


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#13 posted 04-10-2009 01:28 AM

Brusso hinges are the ones that cost in the 30’s and are available from I use them on my high end pieces and while they do cost an arm and a leg.. my pieces of furniture usually run several thousand dollars a piece and the clients want the best they can I buy them for that reason.. Rockler also has a nice polished box hinge for around 14 dollars that is really nice too..

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#14 posted 04-10-2009 02:04 AM

I’m so glad I started this thread. Lots of great info from you all.

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