Hinging an overhanging box lid

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Forum topic by Pendragon1998 posted 05-22-2015 10:09 PM 2471 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2015 10:09 PM

I recently finished working on my first box using only hand tools. It’s basically Paul Sellers’ dovetailed box from his videos (I admire his approach). I’m pretty happy with it, as it has been something I dreamed of doing for years. Of course, I see a half dozen things I could improve, but it still came out pretty good for a first attempt, I think.

I’m stuck on how to hinge it, though. I like the look of the lid overhanging in the rear, but I didn’t really think the hinge part through before I designed it. I’m leaning towards mortising the lid and top of the back and using brusso stopped butt hinges, but I’m a little concerned about whether I can do the shallow stopped mortise on the lid without ruining it by going too deep or messing up the fit. I’m not as worried about the mortise on the back of the box, since it’s open on the rear and shouldn’t be too hard. Are there any alternatives I’m not thinking of? I don’t want quadrant hinges, barrel hinges, or unmortised hinges, so I think I’ve pretty much run out of options. Any hints for doing a precise, shallow stopped mortise on the lid? I’m going to practice on scrap first.

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 10:30 PM

A “Patron” wooden hinge is my choice for overhanging tops. Easy, cheap, all wood, and stop just past 90 degrees.

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 10:35 PM

Well it looks like you did a great job on the dovetails with the hand tools so I would say give it a shot on the scrap wood and then go for it. I have watched a lot of Paul Sellers videos lately and he is just amazing with what he can do with just hand tools.
Looking forward to seeing photos of the finished box.

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 11:35 PM

Congratulations! That is a really fine looking box. If your work getting the hinges in, is anything like the rest of your box, it will be perfect.

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