hidden hinge

Brian
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I am making a minimalist jewelry box for my daughter. All the the joints are mitred as shown in the picture. I would like the hinge to be on the inside but a normal hinge wouldn’t work because the lid is recessed into the box. I would need something like a cabinet hinge I suppose, that would lift the lid as well as turn it. The box is 8″ × 4″. Is there a small (and inexpensive) hinge that would suit this purpose?

Losing fingers since 1969

Would one of these work: A barrel hinge?

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

A barrel hinge was my first thought. When you say the lid is recessed, are you saying there is a rabbet around the lid?

Artisan Woodworks of Texas- www.awwtx.com

Yes the lid is rabbeted. The barrel hinge would be nice. The material is only about 1/4" thick so I’ll have to find one that will fit.

Losing fingers since 1969

Woodcraft sells one that is 5mm. in dia. Im sure other places have them too.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Given that thickness, the 5mm is really the only choice. The Soss pictured above is too large (the smallest they make is 10mm and requires at least 10mm depth).

The other option might be a quadrant hinge: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2003454/2674/Economical-Quadrant-Hinge.aspx

You’ll have to mount it to the lip of the rabbet, which will be tricky given thin stock.

Artisan Woodworks of Texas- www.awwtx.com

I’ve also seen the use of small finish nails used for this application (pivot points on both ends). If I’m not mistaken, Steve Ramsey (woodworking for mere mortals ) used this method on a recent project. He’s also been doing a lot of projects with pallets. Very creative,

-nicky

I gave it some thought and I think the best and probably easiest idea is to use regular butt hinges with one leaf bent and the barrel morticed into the top edge of the box. It won’t be hidden but it will be partly concealed.

I think the barrel hinge looks great but requires thicker material. The finish nail idea is great too but requires some forethought before building. I should actually plan out some of these projects LOL.

I’ll post the finished product when I’m done. Thanks everyone for the tips. They will be useful in future projects.

Losing fingers since 1969

If I had a nickle for every time I said “I should plan” … well I’d be sailing around the world on a yacht with a shop.

Sometimes the workarounds are what will standout.

-nicky

LOL exactly. Often I’m not even sure what the outcome should be much less have anything more than an ethereal outline of what to do. I didn’t even think about hinges before I started. I really just wanted to practice mitre joints and do something nice for my daughter.

Losing fingers since 1969

Brian, How’d the daughter’s jewelry box turn out?

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