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Viking Chest #2: Wood hinges, need your thoughts

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Did some experimenting with wood hinges. Both have 5 fingers, one is 1/4”, the other is 3/8”. The narrower size looks better on the chest but I’m trying to decide between 5 – 1/4” fingers, or 3 – 3/8” fingers. (See 3rd & 4th pics) I want it to be strong but also look nice and I have no experience with wood hinges. Both look pretty good but the 3 finger hinge is easier to make. And I’m planning on using a 1/4” maple dowel as a hinge pin—strong enough? The final hinges will be made from ash (pine box) or walnut (oak box).

Mock up of 3 fingers @ 3/8”.

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Hammerthumb

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#1 posted 102 days ago

I like the 3 fingers at 3/8”. I think they would be stronger. Also, maybe some brass rod for the hinge pins as they will wear better and look nicer.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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johnhutchinson

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#2 posted 102 days ago

I’ve been purchasing what’s called “sanded maple dowel” at a local REAL hardware store, and they’re perfect for hinges because they’re downsized by 1/64”. There’s just enough clearance for glue on the outsides and rotation on the inside. They’re also incredibly strong and smooth as glass.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 102 days ago

Hammerthumb, those are my thoughts. Reading about wood hinges I found a lot about how to make the fingers, a little about how to position the hinge pin, but almost nothing about finger thickness or how many. I have some brass rod so for the oak version I’ll probably use that.

John, those are the same dowels I used for the mock ups. They work very smoothly especially after a coating of wax. I’ll definitely use those in the practice chest and see how they hold up.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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shipwright

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#4 posted 102 days ago

Have you seen these.
They are integral to the box so there is no visible bump.

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 102 days ago

I did actually, very nice work. The original chest had strap iron hinges and while I’m not doing a reproduction, an external hinge fits the design better.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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kiefer

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#6 posted 102 days ago

How about a leather hinge I think it would work in real nice and fit the type and style of box .
I have used them on several boxes and they work real nice .

-- Kiefer 松

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 102 days ago

I like both of your hinge prototypes but I would recommend brass or steel pins as they don’t swell and won’t accidentally get glued in place. I cap the holes with wood so the metal doesn’t show.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 102 days ago

I like the 3/8’’ hinge. Of course that could depend on the size of the build. Leaving the dowel extend as in picture 3 gives me some good ideas.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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