Wooden Double Action Hinge

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Blog entry by Joshuah posted 02-17-2012 06:47 AM 29426 reads 39 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of weeks ago I posted a project of a wedding ring box I made for my wife. It actually received quite a few comments about how I made the hinges…which I guess we are calling double action hinges.

Since there was quite a few questions on how I made it, I decided that I should probably make a tutorial, considering I learn so much from tutorials on here. The box had hinges that were only about 4 cm, but for this I am doing larger ones so my camera picks up the steps better.

This is what I will be building

SO since this is my first attempt at this….hang in there with me, this could be a fun ride.

I chose to use walnut and maple, partially because I have massive scrap piles and partially because I love the combination.

Make sure that you clap the wood down and that you are drilling square. A couple mm off and you are making firewood.

After drilling the holes, you will have to round it off so the hinge can move freely.

Repeat these steps for the inside hinges.

Now measure the distance from the center of the hole to the end of the hinge. The center hinge needs to be just over double this length.

Ensure the length is long enough is imperative, if not the hinge will bind and not work.

Measure the width of your stock to split the area up into seven equal distances. (In all reality the distances do not all need to be exactly the same, for instance the inside hinges can be smaller.

Cut the inside hinges to width.

And round them off.

You can use a box jig (which would work better than just eying it like I did)

Clean with chisels, I was fairly luck the chisels I sharped the night before fit perfect.

Fit dowel, cut and sand smooth.

Finished! I hope you like it. Please leave any comments or criticism so I can get better at this blogging craze!

-- -Joshuah

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 07:05 AM

Thanks for the good job on this tutorial. Very clear and easy to follow. I have some time now to try it on a box. One more thing I have to try!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 09:35 AM

You’ve got the tutorial thing down. Well done, and thank you!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 11:19 AM

Great job and pics….....

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 03:03 PM

thats a cool post im now thinking how i can use this in my next project

-- if i say something stupid over look me im learning.....

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 03:26 PM

A great tutorial and I am glad to now know how to make those hinges that I admired so much on your ring box. Thanks for sharing this us, I will surely make some myself. This could also be great to share with the grandkids when we make something together again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 04:26 PM

I have to say, I like these quite a bit. I think they’d look better than brass hinges on many things. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 04:39 PM

I like the way the long sides would fold flat with a hinge of this kind. Beautiful work.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 07:58 PM

Thanks for posting the tutorial. What size are the hinges on the wedding ring box? Are those the smallest you’ve made?

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 11:47 PM

Nice hinge, but not for sure what I would use it for at this point. Nice job on the tutorial.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 11:58 PM

schuft The hinges on the ring box are used with my smallest box joint jig which is the width of my table saw blade (1/8”). So the overall hinge is 3.5cm (1 3/8”) wide.

-- -Joshuah

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#11 posted 02-18-2012 12:49 AM

Hi Joshua.

First off, my compliments on your blogging. There are those among us who have been doing it far longer that would be hard pressed to do as well.

Second, a suggestion: rather than cutting the inserts square to length and then rounding them off, why not cut them about 5 to 10 degrees off of 90 and them round the long sides only? In this way, the box lid would open to between 10 and 20 degrees past vertical and the shape of the ends would keep the lid from going more than that angle. Sort of a “detent” to hold the lid up.

I know the original idea is to allow the lid to fold back on itself, but this would give you an alternative method where it makes more sense to the project. It’s always nice to hav e choices, right?

Keep up the great work, both in wood and in word.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 02-18-2012 02:03 AM

BigTiny- Thank you for such nice comments and for your suggestion. If I understand your idea clear enough, that may actually work better than the current idea. One good thing about the original way is that it does open all the way, though this also can be a negative aspect, since most time we don’t want boxes half laid out across the table. I think that I am going to have to go back into the shop tonight and tempt this new idea!! Thanks!

-- -Joshuah

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#13 posted 02-18-2012 02:57 AM

Hi again Joshua.

You are more than welcome my friend. I always feel that if I see something that might improve a project, or something that might offer another option (like I did for yours), it’s my duty to speak up. After all, I have learned so much here by reading blogs like this and looking at the excellent projects our brothers and sisters here have made, so I feel I owe it to the place to “do my part” however minor it might be.

I’m very happy you liked my idea. I look forward to seeing the “new and improved” version. (grin)

the little Canadian guy

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 02-18-2012 04:27 PM

just beautiful, thanks for posting

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#15 posted 02-21-2012 02:07 AM

the steps is long and complex,great husband,thanks share with you project ,

-- A-Line Wedding Dresses( and Sweetheart Neckline Evening Dress are very good

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