Just like the rest of us, HGTV’s Mark Clement has his reputation to consider. So who’d expect such a macho carpenter dude (his words, give or take) to pipe up about his forays into the gentler art of woodworking? But that he did in his recent review of our new Lid Stay Torsion Hinge.
In our opinion, it’s about half of what makes his comments such a great thing. Of course, we always appreciate kind words about our products from a true expert. Just as good, though, was hearing a veteran remodeler speak out for truck drivin’, hammer swingin’ construction-types everywhere who occasionally like to make things that aren’t held together with sinkers, deck screws or PL products – and at that, just because they like to.
But why go on about a hinge in the first place? By appearances a humble piece of hardware, the Lid Stay is actually a new and compact solution for an age-old woodworking challenge: getting a chest lid to stay open on its own. Until now, preventing a heavy lid from slamming down on the top of your carefully crafted project, your fingers or the head of your favorite kid has been accomplished most often with a combination of hinges and lid supports. Nothing wrong with that, but it does involve a lot of hardware.
With Lid-Stay, all you need are the hinges. Similar in concept to the hinges on a laptop, they’ll hold a good sized toy box lid open in any position that you leave it. Better still, they couldn’t be simpler to install – no mortises or special cuts required. And if you pick up a Lid Stay Jig-It Template while you’re at it and follow the easy instructions (both available in the Lid Stay offer) you’ll find it just about impossible to do the job wrong.
The Lid Stay Torsion Hinge is a quick, clean solution for box lids of various kinds, and in Mark’s opinion, even a few remodeling challenges: “…it’s a totally viable solution for remodeling too. Check this out: In my remodeling activities I often have to find space where there is none and I end up making a lot of cubby-type cabinets. The Rockler hinge would be an ideal solution for my solutions. I love it.”