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Rockler Pivot Hinges (Pair)

Features the strength of a hex head bolt with the pivoting ability of a roto hinge.
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This innovative hinge combines the pivoting feature of a roto hinge with the strength of a hex head bolt. Plus, an industrial coating provides rust resistance that approaches stainless steel.

Excellent for use in porch gliders, swings, gliding rockers and foot rests. Installing a pivot hinge simply requires boring holes in two mating sections.These pivot hinges also feature a nylon, self-lubricated bushing and a lock nut that never lets loose.

Sold in Pairs.

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Manufacturer Part Number RC51243
Weight 0.2000
4.7 / 5.0
74 Reviews
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Rockler Pivot Hinges
Excellent hinges that provide full rotation and can remain completely hidden behind the rotating member.
May 29, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product I used them on a basinett that I built for my niece. Incredibly strong and well built.
May 17, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent product in initial experience
I was building a cradle for my Sister and her husband and came across these hinges while searching for hardware. They work exactly as anticipated. Very smooth operation and seem to be very sturdy. I placed 30lbs of rest weight in the finished cradle and there was no sagging or movement in the hinge.
18x36 cradle
18x36 cradle
April 29, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to install works great
Final result very happy with this hinge
Final result very happy with this hinge
March 21, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome product
They worked great!!!
They worked great!!!
March 15, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Pivot hinge
Worked great for the cradle I made.
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March 8, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
Great product for the baby cradle I built and easy to install.
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March 2, 2020
4 months ago
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The pivot hinges worked as expected. Description for thicknesses could be better.
January 1, 2020
6 months ago
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Rockier pivots
These pivots are great, easy to install. I built a glider and they worked perfectly.
December 30, 2019
6 months ago
Worked perfect for cradel I built.
December 25, 2019
6 months ago
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I'm working on a convertible bookshelf/table for a small office space. These Pivot Hinges seem like the right fit for bearing the weight of the upper shelves at the primary pivot point.
Nicolas R on Jun 2, 2020
Building a baby cradle
Joseph R on Apr 17, 2020
I'm working on a convertible bookshelf/table for a small office space. These Pivot Hinges seem like the right fit for bearing the weight of the upper shelves at the primary pivot point.
Nicolas R on Jun 2, 2020
I think they’ll work in a deck chair I’m building.
James B on Apr 19, 2020
Building a baby cradle
Joseph R on Apr 17, 2020
Used them before and they worked great!
Robin on Apr 14, 2020
Building a rocking cradle, the other customer pictures are exactly what I'm trying to make.
Bobdabuilder on Apr 1, 2020
Building a cradle
Daniel A on Mar 12, 2020
Working on a project, will need this
Jeffrey S on Feb 24, 2020
We have ordered and used these before and they work well.
Joan F on Jan 31, 2020
Works great for glider swings.
Ben on Jan 18, 2020
Building cradle for new grandchild
Terry O on Jan 10, 2020
Repair granddaughters cradle
William Q on Dec 2, 2019
I am making a cradle for my Great Grandchild.
Vernon G. M on Oct 25, 2019
To use it on bassinet construction
Majed a on Oct 15, 2019
It seemed like the perfect choice for the cradle I'm making.
Dave R on Oct 14, 2019
Recommended by a woodworking project book.
Erwin N on Oct 11, 2019
I liked the way they looked. I have ordered from Rockler before and I like this company.
Rita L on Oct 1, 2019
Strength of hex bolt with pivot hinge action
Valane C on Sep 21, 2019
Looks like several people used it for cribs which is what I am building for my daughter.
Jeremy B on Aug 20, 2019
I used these hinges for a previous porch glider and they worked great. Still goinjg after 5 years
William G on Aug 2, 2019
it is the best style of pivot for my cradle project I could find
Kathy C on Jul 31, 2019
Good match for building a portable double kneeler for my daughter’s upcoming nuptials.
Clayton H on May 14, 2019
To make a rocking Cradle for our 1st great Grandchild (This is the 6th one I have built)
Paul on Apr 30, 2019
Building a rocking cradle for my great grandchild
Pam T on Apr 22, 2019
for baby crib
Gary S on Apr 15, 2019
only one I could find for pendilium style baby cradle.
Eddie G on Mar 15, 2019
I liked the reviews of other users
Gary F on Feb 18, 2019
looks sturdy
Tony H on Feb 16, 2019
Works very well easy to install
Edward M on Feb 14, 2019
Building a pendulum cradle for my first grandchild
David L on Feb 9, 2019
Is needed to build a rabbit grooming table for my wife.
nathan t on Jan 27, 2019
Doing a remake of a rocker chair. These will be an improvement over the dowel pivot's that were used (lasted 25 yrs tho).
JOHN S on Jan 26, 2019
I am updating an oak cradle that I made almost 30 years ago. I needed different hardware. I just gerryrigged something a long time ago. Glad to hear that others have had success. The pictures with the pivot hinge have images of a cradle just like the one I made. I hope it works.
David B on Jan 21, 2019
I’m making a glider ottoman and that’s why I’ve ordered thing swivel pivots.
Randy S on Jan 19, 2019
Have successfully used one before to make a pendulum cradle and getting ready to make another one.
Donald R on Jan 13, 2019
Suggested in Rockler Woodworking plan
Mark B on Jan 8, 2019
Neat Design - I've gotta try them!
Steven D on Oct 27, 2018
Gonna be a grandfather.
Stacey A on Sep 9, 2018
Building a baby cradle
Harry C on Aug 18, 2018
Good reviews, need for a rocking bassinet / cradle.
Kevin P on Aug 9, 2018
My husband is making a cradle for our new grandchild on the way. He researched different ones and liked this one.
Andrea H on Aug 5, 2018
plans called for this specific hinge
travis d r on Jul 18, 2018
Looks like just what i need for my project
Douglas R on May 1, 2018
Glider plan called for this hinge. It is excellent because I used them on my last glider made for a friend.
James H on Apr 14, 2018
to replace worn hardware
Michael R on Apr 14, 2018
Making a prayer bench
Landscape Photographer on Apr 12, 2018
Saw in plans on line
Mike H on Apr 11, 2018
It's exactly what I need for a pendulum cradle
Bruce S on Feb 7, 2018
Building a cradle
John E on Jan 15, 2018
Good reviews and looks to be a good match for my project.
David r on Jan 10, 2018
Just what I need to repair a Dutalier Glider.
JANET S on Jan 7, 2018
I think they’ll work in a deck chair I’m building.
James B on Apr 19, 2020
Used them before and they worked great!
Robin on Apr 14, 2020
how much weight will it hold and do you have these in black?
lynda h on Jan 14, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: Not sure and I'm new to this site I do know that they do come in Black at other sites or businesses but I'm not sure of the maximum weight because nobody ever describes the maximum weight on them I just try it and see if it works
In the diagram on the website they show the end of the mechanism protruding outside of the wood. I'd rather not see the hinge. How long is the hinge on each side of the center point? Would it be fully hidden in 3/4" stock?
Patrick D on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It can be hidden. I use the Rockler pivot hinges on swinging cradles, use Loctite on the threads and then use a wooden plug to cover the end of the bolt. Have been doing this for years and have never had a problem. Great hinge. If you ever need to disassemble the cradle, just remove the plug and then take the bolt out.
When assembled, does anyone know how much space is between board A and board B?
Michael C on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is about 1/8". It is the thickness of the plate with the two screws going through it and the thickness of a plastic washer. I installed these on a murphy style set of bunk beds I built. They are working great.
What is the weight limit for this hinge?
Bob S on Dec 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure of the exact weight the item supports, however it supports approx 35 to 40lbs for me currently.
What is the diameter of the flange, the part that the screws go through, on the pivot hinge?
Joe V on Apr 9, 2016
I need a sort of pivot mechanism to build a swing out desk. Can this type of pivot be used to create a 45 L shaped workspace? It will be supported by the top desk thats stationary & rest on a leg w/wheel (opposite end) so to roll out easily.
Laura V on Nov 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I guess it will work if you design it to incorporate the pivot hinge
51243 , can you show me what these hinges are used on?
christine s on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used them for the assembly of rocker-glider chairs and rocking ottomans. These pivot hinges provide a strong and reliable rocking action when properly attached with rocker arms to the chair and the base. You will need 8 hinges per chair, 4 to connect the rocker arms to the base and 4 to connect the rocker arms to the chair.

Once assembled I also used blue loctite on the threads to prevent the bolts from coming loose over time but they still can be disassembled with a wrench or socket set.
I visit children hospitals with my Shelties. I would like to make inexpensive little wagons they can pull. I just can't figure out how to make a pivoting front axle. Is this something I could use? Does anyone have a better idea?
Thank you so much!!!
Roy V on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a quite hinge I used on a baby cradle. I'm thinking your going to want something different, you could probably make this work but it would be more trouble then it's worth. Maybe try and duplicate the system that "little red wagons" have.

Good luck
Is this an inch an a quarter?
Melissa D on Dec 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes the ones I purchase was 1 1/4
Does tightening the bolt prevent the hinge from swinging?
Drew L on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, not based on my experience. I have used this a couple of times and tightened the bolt and the hinge worked fine.
Whats the set spacing on these things between the support and the cradle?
Big country on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm guessing about 1/4 inch!
Will these work on just 3/4 boards?
Greg G on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used these on a cradle made from 3/4 inch stock. . They worked very well, highly recommended.
How many per pack?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 2 hinges (1 pair)
I need a pivot hinge like rockler sells about a little bit bigger in diameter and length.......does anyone know who would sell something like what I described?
Phil C on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't know where you could get a larger size. I think you may need to special order it from a fabrication shop. It will cost you though if you only want one.
What is the spacing between the hinge ?
Raymond W on Nov 29, 2019
I have an older bought rocker/glider that came with a footstool. The footstool is long gone BUT the glider is a family favorite. We have not been able to find a suitable replacement--all seem to be cheaply made AND not cheap!!! Can the metal parts be replaced and what should I purchase to re-new our beloved chair?
Sonny S on Mar 6, 2018
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