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Rockler 15 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Support, Rustic Bronze Finish, 1 per Pack
Rockler 15 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Support, Rustic Bronze Finish, 1 per Pack Item #: 48519
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30 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack
30 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack Item #: 31891
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Rockler 30 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack
Rockler 30 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack Item #: 37327
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40 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack
40 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack Item #: 34899
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Rockler 40 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack
Rockler 40 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack Item #: 31396
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Rockler 60 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack
Rockler 60 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 1 per Pack Item #: 34353
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Rockler 60 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack
Rockler 60 inch-pound Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge, Rustic Bronze, 2 per Pack Item #: 36275
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Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge Lid Support, Rustic Bronze

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Similar to hinges in laptop computers, these heavy-duty cast-zinc hinges allow virtually any size lid to open smoothly, hold its position (when opened to 90 degrees, beyond that the lid will swing open), and then easily close - all with little effort and no additional hardware! Now available in two attractive finishes, Satin Nickel and Rustic Bronze, to complement any project - from chests, to boxes, to storage units, and more! Designed to fit 3/4" thick stock. Hinges are available in 15, 30, 40, and 60 inch-pound ratings.

  • Support any size lid by simply adding more hinges
  • Unique torsion mechanism holds lid in any position
  • Hinges can be installed for both overlay and flush fitting lids
  • Torsion mechanism is tested to 25,000 cycles to assure a long working life
  • For ultra-fast and easy installation, use our Torsion Hinge JIG IT® (sold separately)

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For faster and more precise installation, we recommend using our Rockler Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge JIG IT® to make installation of these hinges accurate and easy.
Rustic Bronze Lid-Stay Torsion Hinges Available Individually or in Pairs
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.9000
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Finish Rustic Bronze
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Works as all and easy to inst
I built a large cedar chest (48"x24") for my wife and wanted to make sure she did not have her fingers pinched by the lid closing on it's own. Also did not like the separate items that hold the lid. These hinges hold the lid firmly, even past 45 degrees. Was simple to install as well, just follow the instructions and it went on in under 20 minutes.
Cedar chest
Cedar chest with open door
June 26, 2019
works great
June 8, 2019
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
They're awesome. Four year old Grandson loves his toy box
May 4, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worth the money!
Perfect product, I got the strongest ones for my sons toybox and it was a little overkill, he prob won’t be able to move it till he’s a little older but works great.
January 6, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Toy Box w/ Lid
Pleasantly surprised how easy it was to install. Just take your time! Will use again
December 20, 2018
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great choice, works well and very sturdy
I purchased a set of 60 in pound hinges for a rather heavy lid on a solid walnut chest I had just built. It is rather large and not for storing children's toys. As such I didn't worry much about closing on my fingers. I was concerned that two hinges would be enough but after reading reviews I put in one set, reserving the option to add a third in the center. I found two sufficient. The lid opens fully vertical and stays open at around 60 degrees. Below that it wants to close fully. This is just what I need. Fully open to access what is inside and partially open for a quick pick off the top items.
September 11, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great hinges
Great for the toy box I built for my grandson
August 25, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very sturdy and easy to install.
Torsion hinges worked as intended on my grand-daughters toy box. Easy to install.
Torsion hinges worked as intended on my grand-daughters toy box. Easy to install.
August 11, 2018
1 year ago
Great hinges!
Not sure another 5-star review is necessary since there are already so many, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway.

These are great hinges. They're easy to install, and they work as stated. The calculator used to determine the appropriate numbers / weight ratios works correctly. The end result is a product you can be proud of.

I recommend using the hinge drilling bits associated with these hinges. They made installation so much easier. I was actually dreading the mounting of the lid on my cedar chest but when I got to it, the hinges and drill bits made it so very easy and quick.

I did recess the hinges so that the lid sits nearly flush with the chest with only a slight gap. This worked very well. I intentionally left a little gap so that some air could get into the chest in the event a child ever decided to crawl into it. The torsion hinges alleviate any fear of the lid slamming on their fingers.

A bit expensive but in my opinion, all things considered, worth the price. The number of positive reviews on these ought to convince anyone with doubts on that.
August 5, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Stays put
I purchased a pair of these for my granddaughters toy box build. I needed to make sure the lid wouldn't shut on her fingers, these hinges do the job perfectly!
July 30, 2018
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Quality has a price. Ask me in a year how it held up no pun intended
Jerome F on Jul 22, 2018
I have used it in the past with great success
Gary W on Jul 19, 2018
Quality has a price. Ask me in a year how it held up no pun intended
Jerome F on Jul 22, 2018
For toy Chest
Randolph C on Jul 21, 2018
I have used it in the past with great success
Gary W on Jul 19, 2018
I've used these in the past and like the functionality and classic design.
J A on Jul 18, 2018
looks like the coolest type of blanket chest hinge
bil k on Jul 18, 2018
these hinges work well for toy chests and are easy to install
Marion C on Jul 17, 2018
building a toy box for my granddaughter and wanted a safe closing mechanism.
Tim C on Jul 9, 2018
The wood whisperer used these in a project.
Jonathan B on Jul 8, 2018
Building a toy box for my gran daughter, don't want her fingers smashed.
Joseph M on Jul 7, 2018
They work great and you don't have to worry about someone getting heart by a falling lid.
frank W on Jun 20, 2018
Have an old water chest with lid that needs these hinges for safety. Have used these before on a toy box and they work great!
Steve L on Jun 16, 2018
Save my fingers.
Algernon G on Jun 10, 2018
hopefully it will work in my situation. we will see. lol
STEPHEN K on Jun 4, 2018
First ordered 60 in lbs but way to heavy but according to your calculator they were the right ones but way to much tension, so ordering 30 in lbs
Dennis B on Jun 3, 2018
Used these before, work very well
Ron on Jun 2, 2018
Replaces a 30lb torsion hinge/too much torsion.
Bob on May 23, 2018
Simple way to attach lid to blanket chest I'm building
Dennis H on May 12, 2018
Used before and they work well.
Randall W on May 8, 2018
Thought they would do the job best
Robert S on May 6, 2018
Needed a simple hinge that also worked as a stay. We’ll see if there are the quality issues that are reported on the review pages.
Patrick D on Apr 23, 2018
Am building a chest. These are good.
Gregory M on Apr 8, 2018
don't want those little fingers to get pinched
Gordon K on Apr 1, 2018
Repairing an old toy box for my daughter. Needed new hardware, like this option the best. No finger pinchers
Jed J on Mar 27, 2018
This is what I needed, and I liked the style
Wilferd J on Mar 26, 2018
My husband purchased two of the Lid-
stay torsion hinge lid support in rustic bronze. He was very impressed by the support they provide.
TAMMY C on Mar 25, 2018
I have used these previously several times. They provide excellent service without having to use lid support.
T H on Mar 24, 2018
I have two young kids and five nieces and nephews. I wouldn’t use any other product when attaching the lids to the toy chests they’ve all received. Best product on the market!
Jim U on Mar 23, 2018
Recommended in Fine Woodworking magazine
Thomas M on Mar 12, 2018
They appear to be the safest bet for preventing smashed fingers on the Hope chests I am making.
Doug R on Mar 10, 2018
Because I like my fingers.
DJ B on Mar 9, 2018
I used them before on toy boxes
Andrew S on Mar 8, 2018
My husband is making a toy chest for our grandson and protecting little fingers is important. He made a sample and the lid stayed open for days.
Karen K on Mar 6, 2018
child safety
Dan P on Mar 5, 2018
Grand Kids Treasure Boxes with their names routered in the lids. I've already made four now I have two more orders.
Ted on Feb 26, 2018
We have a wood toy box that has spring hinges to hold up the lid but it was always difficult to close for our kids. Now the spring is worn out and doesn't hold the lid open anymore. We are again using this toy box but this time for our granddaughter and we need some new hinges that she can work and won't smash her hands and these look to be perfect.
Joseph B on Feb 22, 2018
Safety considerations.
Kenton W on Feb 20, 2018
Color works with wood choice
Stephen W on Feb 20, 2018
Simple to install, simple look
Rory G on Feb 19, 2018
This was the type of hinge suggested in a woodworking magazine. Have used it before on prior projects and works well for the intended purpose.
Janice H on Feb 17, 2018
MICHAEL N N on Feb 6, 2018
used before on hope chest - works great
Jim A on Feb 6, 2018
for new trunk. no need for other hinges
Louis L on Feb 5, 2018
Made a dovetail toy box for a great nephew.
The torsion hinge will keep little fingers safe😎
Bryan S on Jan 28, 2018
Clean Installation No support arms in the way
Ron B on Jan 23, 2018
Making a toy box. The reviews sounded like these are a good choice.
william k on Jan 19, 2018
There just what I need for a toy box lid. Plus free shipping over 35 dollars
David M on Jan 10, 2018
For a toy box lid I built
Cary L on Jan 5, 2018
Because one of these on a box of ours broke. Not sure what kind of warrantee you provide so ordered new ones.
Dorilee S on Jan 2, 2018
Like the idea of a hinge and lid stay all in one. Less hardware, cleaner look.
Jay M on Jan 2, 2018
Recommended hinges for Wood Whisper Guild project
Robert M on Dec 30, 2017
For toy Chest
Randolph C on Jul 21, 2018
I've used these in the past and like the functionality and classic design.
J A on Jul 18, 2018
How far does the top have to overhang the back of the chest to fully cover the hinge?
Josh W on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When I make the box the hinge sticks out beyond the box the width of the hinge portion.
How would these hinges hold up outside? Building a poolside storage box ... in the event you have a better option for exterior use.
A shopper on May 31, 2015
What is the Warranty on lid stay torsion hinge?
Steveo on Jan 1, 2018
Will these work if you need to place the box side of the hinge on the vertical part of the box instead of the top, flat surface or is there something else that could be recommended for that kind of application?
Craig G on Nov 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure. The hinge works well when used to support a box lid which opens from horizontal to vertical, but I don't know if the hinge would hold when used on a vertical to horizontal set-up. Might work as a hinge, but the self-support may not work.
Building a blanket chest out of 3/4" purpleheart. The lid will be 22" x 48". I understand the weight will be approximately 37 lbs (based upon 5.02 lbs/bd.ft. the calculator says I need 407 in.lbs but also says the lid is over the recommended limit. Any thoughts here?
Frank F on Nov 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Frank - I built a blanket chest this year with almost the same sized top, mine weighed 35 pounds. I used 2 60inch hinges and a 40 inch in the center. The top will stay open until there is only about 3 inches of space left then will close completely. I used some small rubber bumpers on the top (you will need something to make up for the thickness of the hinge on the back) and the top makes almost no sound when it closes. (I originally used 3 60 inch hinges, but the top would not close completely on its own.) Hope this helps.
what size screw do i need for this hinge ?
patrick h on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the set I bought the correct screws were provided in the package. I don't recall what they were.
Your calculator says I need 94.5 inch lbs. can I use 2 60's or will that be too tight?
Jim S on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: that depends on whet you are using them on. if it's a larger lid like a hope chest than your ok with a little overkill. for smaller lids try to stay as close to the recommendations as possible.
I’m building a chest with a lid that has been dimensioned to overhang 3/4”, on all sides - what is the actual overhand of the hinge and will that work?
Anthony F on Nov 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used these hinges with a 1" overhang and they worked just fine. Mount the "saddle" side of the hinge to the back top of the back side of the chest. Be sure the hinges are spaced exactly where you want them to be. close the hinges and place your top on the chest with the desired overhang. Carefully mark the location on the lid where you want the back of the hinge mounted. Remove the lid and dismount the hinges. Place the back of the hinges on the marks and mount them. Mount the lid on the chest.
My lid has a torsion calculation of 60 and the recommendation is for 2x 30 inch-pound Lid-Stays. As my case is right at the 60 pound mark, would I be better of using 2x 40 inch-pound Lid-Stay?
paul t on Aug 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would go with the recommendation of 2x30 they are a very good product I made 2 toy boxes for grandchildren 2 years ago and they are still working great.
I have made 4 toyboxes using the torsion hinges and the lids will not close all the way. The hinges are overstressed when closing the lid. I used Rockler's jig to install them. Why would this happen?
Douglas R on Mar 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have made a number of blanket chests with these hinges. Have you checked the mortise depth on the box? If you had cut it even a little too deep, it could cause the effect you are describing. There are other reasons but this is the one that jumped out at me first. Keep after It!
The thickness of my chest back is 15/16 inch -- will this require mortise?
BILL H on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No you shouldn't. It should just clear at that thickness. I did mortise the top of the back of the chest for proper top spacing. Also, their torsion calculator did not work for me. It said I would need four of the heaviest hinges. Way too much. I used two medium and one heavy in the middle.
If the back of the chest is thicker than ¾", can I 'carve out' a channel for the body of the hinge to 'sit in' and still use the hinge?
David M on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. I didn't realize that the back needed to be 3/4" thick when I bought the hinges. I had installed a lip on the top of the case - toy box - similar to a horizontal "face frame". I cut and chiseled and basically carved out a location and they work fine. Just not the prettiest on my first one because I wasn't sure how much I needed to remove. The second one went much faster and looked a lot better. Hope this helped. Good Luck.
Could these used to hold a headboard in a reclining position? Another method could then be used to lock at 90 degrees.
Jackie P on Jul 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are probably better ways to do that. A large headboard would place quite a load on even the stiffest torsion hinge, and probably would not hold position even with just its own weight on it. You also need to remember these are designed to straddle 3/4" material, which is much thinner than most bed headboards. I have used them on thicker material buy routing a place to recess the hinge barrel, but I don't think I'd try it on a headboard.
Can these hinges be used for a medicine cabinet door application? Each door will be 28.5"x35" on 7/8" wood with an inset mirror. Each door will weigh around 40 lb but the weight would sit differently than a lid so I need to be sure they'll support that weight and operate properly.
Chris K on Mar 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chris, I never used these hinges on the vertical use. I would make two doors with that 28" opening and use three euro hinges on that 35" heigth
The illustration shows the support laying on top of the trunk such that there is small gap when the lid is closed. Can I cut a slot and lower the support to enable the lid to contact the trunk?
David B on Jan 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have cut a slot like you say several times, and they work perfectly. Just make sure you do NOT cut too deep or they will not work at all. But if you cut the slot correctly, it will work fine. Jan
The toy box we purchased is 1 in thickness. Will I be able to use this hinge?
Jonelle B on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes this hinge will be adequate.
However, you neglected to state the size of the toy box.
This is important also, in determining the the number of hinges.
Sid. S
Rather using slides, I want to hinge a 12", 3/4" stock, 4.25 lb platform to swing 180 degree back under my farm table. Basically, I will use the torsion hinges upside down. Will it work, and is the calculator at 2, 15 lbs hinges the right hinge for the job? Thank you.
badcarpenter on Aug 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will probably work, depending how you mount it to the underside, but that low of a spring rate won't support much weight on the leaf. It would just fold down. If you put some kind of a sliding support under it, I imagine it would work!
I am building a pirate's chest that has a lid of 3+ pounds and a width of 11 inches. Will these hinges work for this application?
PainterTom on Jan 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not believe these hinges are appropriate for this application. Using the torsion calculator with a 3 lb. lid of 11 inches width, there will not be enough weight in the lid to allow it to close.
What is the range of motion for the hinge? All I have seen depicted is approximately 90 dgrees. Any info would be appreciated.
A shopper on Jun 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My application worked through 180 degrees.
What is the backswing angle on this hinge?
Scott H on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A little past 90, but am not comfortable with taking it past that. the attachment over the back seems to put a great deal of pressure on the wood. I did use them on cedar.
I need to use these torsion hinges for a wooden box with pine lid that is 96.75 in/lb. Their calculator said to use two 30 in/lb hinges + one 40 in/lb hinge for 100 in/lb of support. What if I use two 60 in/lb hinges for 120 in/lb of support to save money? I don’t mind if the lid is stiff to close, but will the lid sit closed or will it not have enough weight to stay closed completely and it would forever be ajar? Thanks for your help!
Susan R on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, the issue is not whether the lid will stay closed, but rather will it stay open. To answer the second question first; I am sure it will. The two hinges is a bit of overkill, but the only way I can see to solve the I-only-want-to-use-two-hinges situation. In answer to the first question, there should be no problem as the torsion hinge has no ability to assist the opening process. Which is to say when you close the box, there will be no "spring back" to the lid. The lid will stay all the way closed the way you left it.
I hope this is helpful. Let me know if it works.
I have a lid calculation of 52.5 will a 60 in. pound hinge be to much?
Mike R on Nov 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, a pair of the 60 in. pound lid-stay hinges should work just fine. I built a Toy Chest (about a year ago) that had a lid that weighed about 53 lbs and I used the item #36275 hinges. They have worked very well.
do i need some type of limiting device to limit top (toy box)opening to 105 degrees? and wut kind would u recommend?
mike m on Aug 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As these hinges have no limiter to prevent the lid from opening too far, you will have to add something to do that. Rather than recommending a specific type, I would easy look at the project and then choose a limiting device that that is appropriate to the design and the purpose of the box. Safety of a child's fingers and such are utmost. Also be sure it fits YOUR taste.
Will Rockler hinge holds it's position on either side of 180 degrees, in other words stay level at the specified weight on either side of the hinge at 90 degrees?
badcarpenter on Aug 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does.
Are these rated for exterior use?
Luke K on Apr 18, 2017
I would only use these hinges inside as there is no protection against water from getting into the mechanizm.
my hinges arrived today but will not move. What do I do?
Jerry M on Dec 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: they are difficult to open by hand but once on the lid they work superbly
Do you think these would work with a hidden shelf made from all hickory?
Dave Hanks on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i know I used them on all my toy boxes I made and no one has gotten hurt by the lid
The calculator calls for 144 inch-pounds for my lid. I already have (3) 60 inch-pound hinges, which equals 180 inch-pounds. Will those 3 hinges be too much, and cause the lid to either not close, or not stay closed?
Todd B on Feb 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm over-hinged on my latest project and it's not a problem at all. Lid stays exactly where you put it, either open or closed ... and wherever you like in between.
What is the board width to be used with these hinges?
Winston M on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3/4" thickness.
I am making a desk with a hinged top. So the top will open from the base. Problem i have is i have some gaps on the sides. about a half inch. I was thinking to mortise the .5 inch into the base of the project. I am unsure here as the instructions state not need for mortise. Please advise. Thanks for your help. Has anyone had to mortise these hinges? Any advice here would be great. Thank You!
justin b on Jul 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used these for two desks I built. Routing a mortise seemed too complicated and a little risky if I didn't set everything up just right. So my solution was to drill and install wooden plugs at the front edge in each corner to compensate for the thickness of the hinges. I think I got the plugs at the big box hardware store. They're "decorative" plugs used to cover screw holes and sit about 1/4" above the surface. This was just right to match the height of the closed hinge. The only concern would be if for some reason you want/need the lid to close flush to the sides without a gap of any kind. With this method there was a gap between the lid of the desk and the sides, but you would have to look pretty hard to see it. They're desks so the "seam" is never at eye-level. If you do decide to go with a mortise you'll need to do it on back edge and the underside of the lid to make it completely flush. Another tip: I tried the hinges based on the calculations suggested and ended up sending them back. They worked, but were not as stiff as I wanted them to be. They would creep down until it eventually closed. So I ended up buying the hinges for the heaviest top even though my top was made out of lighter limber. If you really want it to stay up when you open it, I'd go overboard beyond the recommendations. Hope that helps!
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