A project in Maple #10: A chain and a brace for the lid

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-12-2017 05:27 PM 933 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A trip to Walmart…..bought a packet of chain & hooks…16’. Was the shortest they had. More for hanging a flower pot, but….I only needed a wee bit. Rest can still go to hang a flower pot….

Set the id opened to where it looked about right…eyeballed the length needed, and grabbed the bolt cutters to trim the chain to length. Two screws, set into pilot holes, to hold the chain….that was the “easy part”...

So, how to hold the lid from falling down? Somehow, the store bought metal things just didn’t “feel” right….Had a 3/4” x 3/4” stick of maple scrap, that I was using as part of a jig…..even had a screw hole on one end…

Bandsaw to round the end with the screw hole. Take the blank to the chest…..lean the lid forward a hair, and mark an angle to cut…..there was still quite a bit left over….needed a catch. Make a small “D” shaped button, and drilled a pilot hole to attach it to the lid. A small notch is at the bottom of the “D”, as a place for the brace to sit in…..couple of trial fits, to get the placements just right….so..

IF the lid should start to fall forward…it locks the brace in place…..chain is slack. Tilt the lid back until the chain is tight..

I can then unlatch the brace, and fold it down..

As it will be out of the way, yet makes sure the chain fall into the inside of the chest. When you lift the lid all the way back, the brace then can swing up, and into place.

All that is left to do on this project, is to apply the finish…..and then post it in the Projects section.

Thanks for following along..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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