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Forum topic by jazztrptaf posted 07-13-2018 09:54 PM 988 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2018 09:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chest hardware

Hey all…..

I’m still a newbie on the site despite having been a member for >1 year. But, I’ve got a question I hope someone has the experience and insight to help with.

I inherited a chest of drawers my father made in his wood shop class ca: 1948-1950. Knotty pine makes up the top, sides and frame parts and the drawer handles are walnut that’s been shaped on a table saw set to various angles. Despite it’s age, it’s still in very good condition.

The top “drawer” is actually a hinged, drop down face. Dad used 2 small screw eyes and a length of chain on each side to support the drop down. Over the years though, the screw eyes have pulled out of the drop down face and will no longer attach with any sense of security. The question I wish to pose is this: what might you suggest for hardware to support the drop face that won’t detract from the overall look and age of the chest? A lot of what I’ve found online seems quite modern or is designed to hold lids up rather than a drawer face that hinges downward.

Any insight you’d like to share is most welcome!!

Thanks a ton!


-- Kerry Moffit, Newport News, Virginia

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#1 posted 07-14-2018 02:22 AM

Would it be possible to epoxy the screw eyes in place or to fill the screw holes with epoxy and redrill and thread the eyes back in place? Just my first thoughts.

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 02:38 AM

Quadrant hinges.

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#3 posted 07-14-2018 02:05 PM

If you want to keep it like your Dad made it, then epoxy should work, but you can also drill out the screw holes and glue in a piece of dowel, then re-install eyes.

Other than that, you’re looking at removing the old hinges and reinstalling something like Bondo suggested, which means a mismatched set of hinges.

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#4 posted 07-14-2018 02:15 PM

+1 for what rwe2156 said. Keep it original. Drill out the holes. Glue in hardwood dowel. Replace screw eyes.

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 06:50 PM


Might this help:,180,42240,53317

Mind you that this is on the Canadian LeeValley website and might not be available in the US.


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#6 posted 07-16-2018 07:31 PM


Might this help:,180,42240,53317

Mind you that this is on the Canadian LeeValley website and might not be available in the US.


I don’t think that product is available to anyone anymore. It’s discontinued no?

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