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NorthGaMan

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05-22-2009 03:11 PM

I have made 2 toy boxes wider than I wanted too. I need some ideas on the top. If I glue up a one piece top it will be 25”X45”. To me this is wider than a toy box top needs to be. Any ideas of some creative ways to cut down on the top that my grandchildren will have to raise to get to there toys will be? Here is what I have so for:
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Right now I have 4 boards to make a one piece top that are each about 6 1/2” wide to make the top. I am thinking attach one of the boards to the box, then hinge off this board making the top only 19” wide or so. But with this my hinge will be sticking up and I really don’t want that look. So all ideas are appreciated.


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#1 posted 05-22-2009 03:24 PM

soss invisible hinges will work good in this case , or the barrel hinges . use enough to keep things honest as kids can break almost anything .

-- 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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#2 posted 05-22-2009 03:34 PM

You will also want a toybox lid support. Protects little fingers.

-- Berta in NC

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 03:36 PM

I am stopping at Rockler this afternoon to see what they have to use for supports. I am going to get a couple piano hinges also to use if no other better ideas come up, really don’t want to use them oh.

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 03:40 PM

Rockler has a hinge/lid support all in one. These are torsion hinges for easy lift and will keep the lid up for you. Page 29 in May catalog

-- grumpa,Michigan

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 03:53 PM

Easy-lift hinge/lid supports are the way to go.

One different option, just kicking around ideas, would be to make that one big top into two by crosscutting it and hinging it to the box on each side, so that you have double lids that meet in the middle. Or you could install a center mullion and hinge both lids to that, so that it would open from either end, kinda like a pickup truck tool box.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 03:56 PM

good looking boxes

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NorthGaMan

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 04:05 PM

Is this the type hinge you are talking about

rockler hinge

I don’t think this will work on my boxes due to the legs being wider that the back panel. As in when you raise the lid, it would hit the legs. Am I wrong in what I am thinking? I like the idea of these and this would solve my problem if they would work. I would like for the top to cover the top of the back legs rather than being flush with the back panel is why I ask this.

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NorthGaMan

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#8 posted 05-22-2009 04:13 PM

This picture better shows from the side, see how the legs stick out past the sides is what I am concerned the above hinges would not work.

side of toy box

I still have a lot of cleaning up to do on the boxes, the dark color where the panels meet the legs is blue painter tape I used in my glue up, I have not removed all this yet. That stuff works great for this operation, lots easier to remove some tape than trying to remove dried up glue.

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#9 posted 05-22-2009 04:43 PM

I was thinking of these, available from Rockler:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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NorthGaMan

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#10 posted 05-22-2009 04:57 PM

I like those, I could see that working along with one of those center soft lid close supports.

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#11 posted 06-02-2009 03:37 PM

This may be too late, but to solve the same problem (lid being too big) I am re-designing the lid. I am having mine open like a book, so the hinges are on the side. Rockler has toy box hinges to protect fingers. Also, on LJ, I have seen someone cut the lid down the middle so its two lids side-by-side. That gave the specific piece some nice look because of the lines. Good luck.

-- I specialize in expensive mistakes.

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