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”.