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Forum topic by ByronJC posted 01-27-2017 08:04 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2017 08:04 PM

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Hello all, just a quick question about hinges. I am designing and making a puzzle tray for a friend that has rails that are hinged on the bottom so that she can swing them out of the way while working on the puzzle but, back up to keep the pieces from sliding off the edges.

Question is: What would be the best hinge? (Tray size is 40” x 45”)

I know a piano hinge would work well but are a little pricey. Can I use smaller hinges spread out (say 4 or 5 1-2 in hinges on each edge?) as no weight is being applied to the rail.

Thanks for your advise and time!

Happy Woodworking :)


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#1 posted 01-27-2017 10:33 PM

IMO …..the smaller hinges would be just fine :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 11:18 PM

Thanks, I thought so too. Will post pic’s once I’m done. :)

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 05:37 AM

sounds like a job for a Butler Tray Hinge—- but if you think piano hinges are expensive, you won’t like Butler Tray Hinges :)

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