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I'm looking for information on Soft Close hinges for a cedar chest. I have checked with Rpckler which as we all know is not a discount house. I have used their Blum hinges before and they may turn out to be my only choice, which would be alright, but if I'm missing an option that I am not familiar with, I am asking member of the forum for suggestions.

I am extimating the weight of the lid to be 20 lbs, but this is a rough estimate as the chest is still in the planning stage. The dimensions will be about 20 x 50 inches, an estimate of course.

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Not cheap but they work well, especially if you want to protect little fingers. I am talking about the Rockler lid supports. caution! They make them for the left and right side.

I have used them on several toy boxes. No problem. They also come in different strengths.

The lid won't fall. You have to close it. And it stays shut.

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Not cheap but they work well, especially if you want to protect little fingers. I am talking about the Rockler lid supports. caution! They make them for the left and right side.

I have used them on several toy boxes. No problem. They also come in different strengths.

The lid won't fall. You have to close it. And it stays shut.

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Thanks Mike,
I haven't considered the closers that you are referring to, I'm referring to the hinge it self that has the resistance build into it, the closer that you are telling me about might be a better choice, will sure ponder on it.

Looks like installation would be pretty simple and one would not be confined to tha rear panel having to be 3/4" thick as the hinges that I have had in mind does require, sure might be a simpler way to go.

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Thanks Mike,
I haven't considered the closers that you are referring to, I'm referring to the hinge it self that has the resistance build into it, the closer that you are telling me about might be a better choice, will sure ponder on it.

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Jerry, if you look closely at the pics you will see I used a simple piano hinge to attach the lids to the box. The lid supports have springs that provide the tension to keep the lid from falling.

Good luck. Post some pics of your project.
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Not cheap but they work well, especially if you want to protect little fingers.
I have used them on several toy boxes.
On toy boxes for little kids, I do not believe in tops, for several reasons.
A little kid has enough problems just putting toys in a box - or taking them out, without worrying about a top.
As you said, they will get fingers pinched. Or, head thumped.
If there are two kids, you can almost bet that one time or another, one kid will get in the box, and the other will sit on the lid.
Or, one will slam the top down on the other's fingers or head.
There are probably other reasons I don't like toy box tops too, but those will do for a start.

When the kid gets older, then you can put a top on the box, so it can be used as a seat, if so desired.

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Jerry, if you look closely at the pics you will see I used a simple piano hinge to attach the lids to the box. The lid supports have springs that provide the tension to keep the lid from falling.

Good luck. Post some pics of your project.
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Mike,
The project is a long way from even being started, it's in thinking stage, but do hope to get on sometime soon. It's a huge project for me.

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The project is a long way from even being started, it's in thinking stage, but do hope to get on sometime soon. It's a huge project for me.

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Jerry, as long as you're in think/plan mode, why not go all out and do a roll top...best of both worlds, that is, safer and more work for you...

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Jerry, as long as you're in think/plan mode, why not go all out and do a roll top...best of both worlds, that is, safer and more work for you...

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Nick, you rascal, I'll be tasking my limited skills with what I have in mind as it is. Forutantely for me, there are two members at the moment that are giving advise on how to deal with the wood movement issue and as I have ideas for my design I run them by these guys. The idea of wanting to learn how to to build nice cedar chests has been something that I have thought about for a long time.

The roll top is a great idea, but for now, my mind is set on the traditional flat top design. I am planning on building the carcass out of quarter sawed white oak and of course lining with aromatic cedar. Right now the issue of the hinges is one that need to make up my mine on. I had the Blum tention hinges in mind, but Mikes idea of a piano hinge with the closer is is sure a good idea. Thanks for paying attention to my thread and your willingness to make a suggest.

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You could take the top & cut it down the middle then use drawer slides & have it slide open on either side.

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Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Support, Great hinge they are expense but this make a cedar chest ( that you have work hard to make a great project) a show piece. Good hardware has become utterly expensive and I don't see a thing you can do about it. just do not sacrifice your projects over a few dollars
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