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Forum topic by Quailguy posted 04-29-2018 06:06 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2018 06:06 PM

I am building a small (11×5x4) curly maple box with mitered corners. I want to use a 3/32” brass rod as a hinge. In my head, I see the lid sitting on a rabbet around the inside of the box with a tab to lift it. Here are my questions: If the rabbet is the same depth all around, will the lid be able to rotate up? How do I determine the distance from the back/inside box edge to position the rod? Do I need to modify either the rabbet or the lid to make it work? I tried drawing it in Sketchup, but didn’t help as much as I am sure you folks can.

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 12:03 AM

This may be what you are looking for.
...or not …

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 01:16 AM

Often, when I’m puzzled about how the geometry is going to work on a project, I’ll make a mockup out of cardboard or other light material so I can test out the design. Manila file folder material is good, also thin foam board if you want a little stiffness. I use pins, paper rivets (not sure of the right nomenclature here) or anything handy for pivots. Though a bit crude, it lets me know whether I’m on the right track, or have to rethink my approach.

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#3 posted 04-30-2018 03:00 PM

Good ideas! I’ll tackle that today.

Thank you

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