03 Nov. 2003|
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Rori is right to mention Soss — a manufacturer that, for decades, has been the king of this kind of hinge.
The barrel hinges come in several sizes and are great to use not only for their ease of installation, but they also are great for doors or lids that need to lift a bit for clearance when opening. Soss will also make available technical drawings and tables showing the clearances that the hinges develop as they go through various stages of opening. For one, those hinges (and the little holes they are mounted in) will get a lot of wear and tear, since they are the only things holding the lid aligned and in place.
They’re hidden hinges, in that the hinge mechanism folds up inside itself, leaving no space between the case and the lid. We had scores of them around the house: small matchbox-sized boxes to hold jewelry or small parts, cigar box-sized boxes used as valets or to store electronic devices, and so on. I would prefer some kind of lip around either the box or the lid so that when the lid is knocked sideways, the case takes the strain, not just the hinges.
I think part of his fascination with them came from the fact that building a box is often such a small project that it encourages over-design; it gives the builder the opportunity to show off, incorporating the craziest (and coolest) joinery techniques and hardware.
Also, I would imagine a magnet is either too not strong enough to hold the lid closed or too strong to open easily (or both); I could see me having to yank the lid open, putting more stress on the hinges.
And the side walls of the case have to be thicker their entire length to accommodate the hinge holes.