Shop Made Knife Hinges

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Project by travisowenfurniture posted 01-15-2011 06:35 AM 4327 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Knife hinges. These things are hard to find. When I did find them, I found out they were over $20 a pair!! So I decided to try and make them. Normally they would be made entirely of brass, but I used what I could find (and afford) which was a flat piece of hot rolled steel 5/8” by 1/8” by 36” in dimension. I started by marking out the piece for each half of the hinges and the holes. I drilled all of my holes, then countersunk the screw holes so the screws could sit flush. I then cut the sections tediously with a hacksaw and set the pieces aside. I bought a short brass rod and cut it up for the pins. I used a ball peen hammer to rivet the two hinge halves together with the brass pins. Then, a lot of grinding, filing, and polishing later I have a nice looking knife hinge to use on future projects.


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#1 posted 01-15-2011 07:49 AM

Very creative indeed.
You saved yourself a bundle and you gave me an idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 12:44 PM

There are hobby stores that carry 1/8 brass and rods….or Ebay…

Then you can make some completely from brass.

But Good job and you might inspire more to make these like me.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 01:41 PM

great idea, thankĀ“s for sharing it :-)

take care

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 02:10 PM

Good idea, they carry brass at the Ace Hardware not too high price

-- Jeff,

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 03:27 PM

Great idea, and they look good too. I always love the thought of making my own hardware. If you are looking for other metals, I have always found the prices at Online Metals to be decent and they have always been good to work with.


-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 09:05 PM

Very Industries thanks! for posting.

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 09:38 PM

i think it was cool to use something other than brass. They didn’t sell the brass strips at the Ace in my town, but they had steel and aluminum. I’d like to try em with aluminum for a light door some time, plus it would make the task of machining and cutting easier. Copper would be cool to use, possibly letting it oxidize to get that green color.

Also, I think the American Woodworker website ( has some plans for knife hinge making in one of their back catalogs, which you can read for free.


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