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Hello everybody, I am making this small "jewelery" box, I am looking for some hinges for it. I have a couple of ideas in mind, but don't want to go crazy on the price. Ideally I would use barrel hinges, but I can't find any that have a range limit in the 105* range. They all seem to go 180*. Next are these, smartHinge - the world's best box hinge - Fine Boxes, but they run about $70 a pair. Lastly are these Brusso CAH062. Are there range limited barrel hinges? Do you have any other suggestions? I want a beautiful, unobtrusive hinge.
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You could try Lee Valley and search hinges on their site. They have a pretty good selection. If they open too far did you consider a limiting mechanism like a chain or a bar?

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Hi Jack

I like the smart hinge you posted yes it's very high end hinge but so is your box.
Very nice looking and they show you how to install them the easy way in the video below..

smartHinge - the movie - YouTube

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You can make your own on the normal router table ,the jig is only 50.oo from Grizzy (that's a tip ) it would save you some money but not cheap..you can build in the stops on the hinges..if you want..with a small off set of the barrel..with a small tab, I found that out with the 1st. set I made ,it was error I made..on my 1st.pair but didn't know it at the time. LOL it would come in handy some day

Hinge Making Supplies - Incra Hingecrafter

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Hello everybody, I am making this small "jewelery" box, I am looking for some hinges for it. I have a couple of ideas in mind, but don't want to go crazy on the price. Ideally I would use barrel hinges, but I can't find any that have a range limit in the 105* range. They all seem to go 180*. Next are these, smartHinge - the world's best box hinge - Fine Boxes, but they run about $70 a pair. Lastly are these Brusso CAH062. Are there range limited barrel hinges? Do you have any other suggestions? I want a beautiful, unobtrusive hinge.
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Beautiful box Jack....the choice of hinge is one of those things not usually given alot of thought. The right one barely goes noticed, the wrong one sticks out like a sore thumb...Smart hinge on a box of the caliper would be a good investment...but a bit pricey..

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you can build in the stops on the hinges..if you want..with a small off set of the barrel..with a small tab, I found that out with the 1st. set I made ,it was error I made..on my 1st.pair but didn't know it at the time. LOL it would come in handy some day

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Bob, please describe, or post a photo of this "small tab", I would like to have the hinges invisible, but still attractive when viewed. I really do like the look of the smart hinge, but find the price to be quite a set back, it's not justifiable. I think I could have the same hinge custom made, (in bulk), for significantly less money. So I have a really hard time parting with my money. The wood alone for the box so far has been $40, but its absolutely beautiful to me, so I can handle that.

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Beautiful box Jack....the choice of hinge is one of those things not usually given alot of thought. The right one barely goes noticed, the wrong one sticks out like a sore thumb...Smart hinge on a box of the caliper would be a good investment...but a bit pricey..

would love to see the finished product...
Bill, thank you, I will post some clearer photos when I have it completed. I hope to be selling these, and I want everything to be right before I display it as a representation of my work.

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You could try Lee Valley and search hinges on their site. They have a pretty good selection. If they open too far did you consider a limiting mechanism like a chain or a bar?
Hey Charles, thank you for your suggestion, I will look into Lee Valley, but no, I don't think a bar or chain would be right for this application.

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Hi Jack

I'm sorry I did not take pictures of the one I screwed up and I would need to make one more like it to be sure how I did it but if you look at the link below you will get it or to say how to screw it up with the barrel of the hinge BUT they are not the hidden type hinge,the barrel of the hinge can be in a pocket slot and that will stop the lid from going to far but you will see the hinge.


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Bob, please describe, or post a photo of this "small tab", I would like to have the hinges invisible, but still attractive when viewed. I really do like the look of the smart hinge, but find the price to be quite a set back, it's not justifiable. I think I could have the same hinge custom made, (in bulk), for significantly less money. So I have a really hard time parting with my money. The wood alone for the box so far has been $40, but its absolutely beautiful to me, so I can handle that.



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Hey Bob, I get it with the wood hinges, but I don't see them being the right fit for this box. I had wanted to get gold plated hinges and lockset, but couldn't find too many options in that so I went back to polished brass. This box will, I hope, be used as an urn. I want it to have a certain je ne sais quoi. I won't get that with lesser hinges.

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Hi Jack

I think you are right on with the Smart hinges but the best hinge is the one you can't see or to say almost can't see, you may want to take a look at the barb hinges.,they make many,many types..

Brass-Plated Small-Box Spring Kerf-Cut Hinge - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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Solid Brass Small-Box Hinges - Rockler Woodworking Tools

see the review link how to install them almost the same as the Smart hinges..
Solid Brass Small-Box Hinges - Rockler Woodworking Tools
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Hey Bob, I get it with the wood hinges, but I don't see them being the right fit for this box. I had wanted to get gold plated hinges and lockset, but couldn't find too many options in that so I went back to polished brass. This box will, I hope, be used as an urn. I want it to have a certain je ne sais quoi. I won't get that with lesser hinges.


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