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#1 posted 12-25-2017 01:41 AM

cowboyup3371,

I am unaware of any single resource that can help in the selection of the perfect hinge for a project. Fine Woodworking offers some articles concerning project hinges but it appears that you must be a subscriber to read more than the synopsis; however they offer a free trial. Since I am not a subscriber nor have I signed up for the free trial, I cannot say whether their articles would be helpful.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/tag/hinges

Each type of hinge typically offers advantages and disadvantages. The project typically dictates whether a disadvantage eliminates a particle hinge style.

I start with an idea of the properties that the ideal hinge must possess. These include properties like self-closing, method of mounting, material dimensions, door or lid swing, level of concealment, ease of installation, and probably many others. Then I try to identify the names of hinges that possess the desired properties as well determine whether the hinge is available in the proper size. This can sometimes be difficult. Once I know the names of the hinges that may be suitable for the project, I use the World Wide Web to search for articles and sources for the hinges.

Oddly enough, Wikipedia may be of some help. Their article on hinges identifies a number of hinge types by name and offers a brief description of many of the listed hinges. But this is only the beginning. Generally I find that seeing a photo of the hinge, or better yet, touching the hinge, tells me whether I am on the right track.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinge

If I am uncertain as to whether a given hinge will work, I will buy the hinge and install it on a project mock-up made from scrap to test it out. If it does not work, I resume the search and lay the hinge aside for a future project.

For your lid that opens in a box, my first thought is a barrel hinge or a knife hinge. Both are low profile and thus would not require much clearance.

As I have become more familiar with the variety of hinge types, the process of selecting a hinge for a project has become easier.

Lastly, a shop made hinge can sometimes work best for a given project. Therefore, I tend to keep this option open in the back of my mind although I generally buy hinges.


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