Best value for a soft close toy box lid

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Forum topic by tooldad posted 10-26-2016 04:02 PM 524 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2016 04:02 PM

I have a student in one of my advanced woods classes wanting to build a cedar toy box. He needs a soft close mechanism for safety.

Any suggestions on what the best type and value would be?

any links would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-26-2016 04:32 PM

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 04:48 PM

Amazon has some relatively inexpensive ones. Here are a couple of affordable examples that might work:

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 09:27 PM


While the soft close hardware referenced by Gaffneylumber and Lazyman look good to me and would be among the hardware I would probably choose for a toy chest, I would also incorporate an additional safety feature into the design. While unlikely, the hardware could fail at some point and adding a little-fingers lid relief to the design would make me rest a little easier.

The little-fingers lid relief idea starts by leaving the back panel a little wider (taller) than the sides and the front. The lid would be secured with a piano hinge or some other type of hinge at the back panel. I would then add a rubber piano button at each front corner of the lid. When the lid is closed it will rest on the rubber piano buttons and leave a gap between the lid and the sides and front. If fingers are every in the way of a closing lid, the gap could reduce or eliminate injury.

Here is a link to rubber piano buttons in case you like the idea…

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