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12-12-2019 11:36 PM

Afternoon all. I’m getting near the end of my blanket chest project and now is the time to be looking at hardware. The chest is made from Cherry and follows the Mission style I have used for my bedroom projects. The top is a bit of a concern. At 1” thick, 44 long x21 wide it ways in at about 17lb. I’m thinking of full length piano hinges. I know Rockler carries torsion hinges but a) they’re kinda chunky looking and. b) they don’t ship those to Canada. I saw these at Lee Valley. Has any one used them? And are they an option. The L/V calculated weight of the top is 178 in. lbs. if that’s the case 2 of these ain’t really going to help. I would like something to slow the lid down. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

-- Mark


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#1 posted 12-13-2019 06:43 AM

The hinges you pictured are called lid supports and made by National Hardware. They come in right, left and center attach models. When you need to support more weight, you add 1 or more center hinges. Available many places that sell hardware, even local hardware store.

Found reference link in Canada just for you:
https://canada.natman.com/type/lid-supports-supports-catches-latches

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 12-13-2019 09:48 AM

i use piano hinges on all the chests i build. the lid supports you shown are the type i use on all of them. i suggest mounting the supports so that the lid is open farther than the instructions state (about 1/4 ” to 1/2” less distance on the lid). i would add two center lid supports. making the use of four sopports. this would help to give you a soft close lid.

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#3 posted 12-13-2019 10:41 AM

I prefer the “staysafe lid stay” they were just easier to get right in my opinion and had smoother operation for a slow close

Not sure if they are available in Canada but here is an amazon link

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CMHCJRS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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#4 posted 12-13-2019 03:25 PM

Thank you for your input Capt. I was walking through the orange store yesterday and I see they carry them as well. I’m not too fussy about a 3rd lid support as I was planning on having a sliding drawer near the top of the chest. Might have to rethink this.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 12-13-2019 03:36 PM

Thank you CP . That lid stay is an interesting idea.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 12-13-2019 03:40 PM

Wood dreams I visited your web page. Both the red oak chest and the hickory chest are pretty much what I had in mind. While your tops seem pretty substantial, I assume the top supports handle the weight.?? Thank you for your reply.

-- Mark

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