My 12 year old grand-daughter said she'd like a tack-trunk for Christmas. I thought "I already made you one..." but then realized that was when she was 6 years old and it was a really small trunk. In making full size trunk, I tried to make it better than my first one. I had noticed that every rider using a tack trunk had to hold the lid up with one hand and take out what they needed with the other. On searching the Rockler catalog I found these torsion hinges. The trunk lid was going to be somewhat heavy (since the frame is solid cherry), so I chose to use two of the 60 inch-pound hinges. They work beautifully on the trunk, and the lid will stay in position as long as it's anywhere near vertical. The other riders at the horse show last weekend asked my grand-daughter "how does it do that?"
Nicely designed and built jig that saves time and eliminates errors when installing the torsion hinges.
Please note that using this jig requires the use of a #6 self-centering drill bit. It would help if this were noted on the Rockler web site page for this jig, including a link to purchase the bit with the jig.
The hinge jig was certainly worth purchasing. I used the hinges on my granddaughter's hope chest, and the fit was perfect. The jig took all the guess work out of fitting the lid precisely, and the final product looked great!
The Rockler Torsion Hinges worked great on the toy box I built for my granddaughter. Once you figure out the correct combination of hinges for the weight of the lid the rest is simple especially if you use the Lid-stay torsion hinge jig.
I believe it will be very helpful in installing the Lid-Stay torsion hinges, however the method I used to install the hinges kept this jig from being any help. I can see where it will be very useful in most cases, though.
This is a well-made and relatively inexpensive guide. If you are using 18mm timber it saves a little time and guarantees accurate hole spacing. If you are not using standard thickness material it is a lot less useful. Any reasonable diy-er could make this up out of scrap wood for a one-off job.
I didn't know you need a special bit to make work, they could have made the holes the same size as the pilot holes you would use for the screws provided with the hinges. without the special bit this jig is useless
I need to reduce the thickness of the case wall to accomodate he 3/4 inch opening of the hinge, however i need to know the dimension of the overhang and the width of the screw platform on the case interior side.
I have this jig and a 5/64 self-centering bit that i bought with the set here on rockler. It doesn’t fit from the top of the jig but does seem to fit from the bottom. Should I push the bit in harder or flip the stopblock or, is 5/64 not equal to #6?