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Small Box Lid Support

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Reversible support is made of attractive brass plated steel.  Note: For use on box lids only, not for use with flat top lids.

(1) Small Box Lid Support
(2) 5/8" x 6 RH brass screws
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 0.0600
Tech Spec
  • Brass plated steel
  • 5" center to center in the open position
  • 5-3/8" overall
  • Arms close to 25° and open to 166°
  • Arms lock open in detent position and are offset to clear sides by 1/2"
  • Lid must have a depth of at least 1/2"
4.3 / 5.0
36 Reviews
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Beware Instructions PDF
Nice hardware. Just installed this in my daughters refurbished accordion case. The locking hinge of the lid support requires a spritz of silicone lubricant to smooth out action.

DO NOT USE the dimensions in the Instructions PDF of the Technical Documents or you'll be filling mistakes.

The technique I recommend is to open the arms of the lid support fully until they lock open. Then open the hinged lid of your case to the degree to which you wish the lid support to lock it open once installed. Place the open/locked lid support on the inside of the case and lid to mark the two screw hole locations at the end of each arm. These two drill holes must be located the same distance from the edge of the case and lid respectively.

The PDF has a 1 1/2" distance and implied resultant case/lid opening of 90 degrees BUT this is not accurate. I used a distance of 2 5/8" with the case lid opened about 100 deg (see photo). 1 1/2" results in greater than 180 degree lid opening.

Critically one must respect the 5/8" and 1/4" dimensions noted in the PDF for the position of the two drill holes from the horizontal edges of the case and lid. This allows the closing lid support to be accommodated when the case lid is closed.
Final result
Closeup of lid support, note 100 degree opened lide
June 12, 2020
Excellent product
Very strong and works well
March 23, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very high quality
I was impressed by the craftmanship. Added to the look of my box substantially!
February 27, 2020
5 months ago
Searched high and low for a lid support for my small toolbox. This one worked perfectly. Good looking and very well made.

December 6, 2019
7 months ago
I’ve used this small lid support for many years on small chests. Works great and I would recommend it.
July 2, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
These lid supports are a great product and I use them all the time.
These are great lid supports for almost any kind of box.
They are very strong for their size and also an eye catcher.
April 27, 2019
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Does the job
Built a case for my router bits using the Rockler foam insert.

Case is maple and is covered with mahogany veneer. Also used other Rockler hardware including hinges and corner guards.
Built a box for my router bits.  Used the Rockler foam insert for this project.
Built a box for my router bits. Used the Rockler foam insert for this project.
March 28, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Perfect solution to hold up small wooden box lids.
Easy to install and a perfect solution. Spares will be used in future projects...
March 27, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
A great lid stay
Keep in mind with the 1 - 1/2 " installation dimension the lid might open further than you want, I went with 1 - 7/8" inch on my lid for my desired 100 degree opening.
Lid closed
Lid stay detail
March 22, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Did the job perfectly.
One of the supports on a File/Ottoman became unusable, so I had to replace both of them. The Rockler supports look lighter, but muchprettier, and they worked perfectly. I was able to use the original screw holes, and I'm thrilled with the outcome.
The best I could do.
The best I could do.
February 26, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Never used before. Box with full open hinges so want to try to restrict lid opening.
Bill B on Jul 1, 2020
Jimmy H on May 15, 2020
Never used before. Box with full open hinges so want to try to restrict lid opening.
Bill B on Jul 1, 2020
Fits my project
HOWARD N on Jun 9, 2020
Jimmy H on May 15, 2020
Chains get tangled.
James F on May 1, 2020
Ideal to support the lid on my carry case
michael m on Apr 30, 2020
I built a small toy box for grand daughter that had two lids that opened from middle of box and both lids will need a stop.
Howard J on Apr 14, 2020
Hope it works in my project
Manuel A on Mar 25, 2020
Needed for a small jewelry box.
Susan Koester N on Mar 15, 2020
Randy C on Mar 7, 2020
Small treasure/toy chest
Grace Vercher R on Feb 16, 2020
needed them for a project!
Michael C on Jan 25, 2020
Correct fit
Michael M on Jan 22, 2020
It is what I needed and wanted.
Doug M on Sep 13, 2019
New project
Jorge R on Jul 30, 2019
small, light, and work great
anthony m on Jul 30, 2019
I'm making a cash box.
Russ C on Jul 14, 2019
For a small project. It fits what is needed
Sterling M on May 25, 2019
Looks well built and fit my project needs.
Joe M on May 14, 2019
Couldn't find one anywhere else
James L on Mar 21, 2019
These lid supports are easy to install and they are perfect for jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes, etc. They are very sturdy also.
Billy W on Mar 20, 2019
Simple device to prevent wooden box lid from flipping backwards. Like that it attaches to the sides vice top.
Danny M on Mar 6, 2019
have one. works great.
james b on Mar 6, 2019
Needed a safety hinge for my grandaughter's jewelry box lid so it wouldn't slam down on her fingers.!
JoAnn B on Jan 5, 2019
Has the right item we were looking for
Lucille K on Nov 30, 2018
Making a tool chest
Ted N on Nov 15, 2018
I use these hinges to build my artist pochade boxes for pleinair painting.
Mike M on Nov 15, 2018
it's the only place that I can find the part for my trunk!
Danny H on Jun 6, 2018
custom made jewelry box
John M on Apr 10, 2018
I'm building small toy boxes
DENNIS S on Apr 6, 2018
Very stiff upon receipt but works free with several extensions/contractions (maybe a little lubricant). Thereafter works great.
Larry H on Mar 27, 2018
I thought that this would look nicer than if I just used small chains.
David S on Mar 19, 2018
previous used this item
William R H on Jan 28, 2018
Works good on small jewelry boxes
Faye S on Dec 26, 2017
for my handcrafted jewelry boxes
Brandon T on May 4, 2017
I plan to use this on a cooler lid.
Larry B on Apr 17, 2017
looks strong and good appearance
Michael M on Apr 8, 2017
I'm an artist and I am painting a personalized medium sized box for a wedding gift.
Betty E on Mar 29, 2017
For a lid of a pochade box. The lid needs to stay open and hold a painting panel.
Jane A on Mar 3, 2017
1900 oak toolbox restoration
Jeff on Jan 3, 2017
Judith P on Dec 13, 2016
Inventory for future projects.
John S on Nov 13, 2016
Hope it ill work
Alfred K on Oct 20, 2016
Making small jewelry boxes for Christmas gifts.
Larry on Sep 22, 2016
Recommendation from father.
John B on Sep 19, 2016
best product
Joseph S on May 23, 2016
it should work great
Richard M on Mar 7, 2016
Making small wooden tool box
Jay B on Dec 30, 2015
A very old jewelry box.
Bruce M on Oct 11, 2015
To support a leg for a portable bar.
Ron P on Sep 9, 2015
gift box
Leonard A S on Aug 3, 2015
Fits my project
HOWARD N on Jun 9, 2020
Chains get tangled.
James F on May 1, 2020
what are the overall dimensions?how thick is the lid support?
Mike C on Dec 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: On mine the legs are approximately 3" long including the hinge. The hinge is about 1" wide. The material is about 1/16 thick, and you'll need to allow 1/2" of space to allow for the offset and the hinge thickness. Double check the provided mounting dimensions before you drill any holes. The directions allow for the lid to go back around 180 degrees, so if want 95 to 100 degrees like I did you'll need different dimensions.
Need a lid stay for trinket box 4 1/2 inch w x 9 inch long x 3 1/2 D. 1/2 inch thick material. Will this work?
Teddy S on Jun 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Are your dimensions for the "inside" or "outside" of the box. If outside, would be very tight and hard to open. These would be a little large for a trinket box. They will take up about 3/8" to 1/2 inch on each side and about 3 inches when folded. .Also would be "tight to operate. I would look for a smaller and lighter stay.
Does this brace lock in the open position?
Joseph F on Dec 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It has a simple raised point that snaps into a dimple to lock. In principle this locks the case, but I suspect that under repeated or heavy use this connection will soon loosen.
I need something for my casement windows, so that I can open them only part of the way. Can these be adjusted for less than 90°?
Carrie H on Jun 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: By moving the attachment point they can be set to be fully open at less than 90 degrees but that is the only position that they would lock open in. these seem that they are a bit light for casement windows unless they are small ones.
I have a paint box with a support hinge that allows me to raise the lid to 90 degrees. I would like to have a hinge that will allow me to open the box lid to 120 - 160 degrees. Will this hinge work? Thanks.
George on Aug 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe it will allow the lid to open further than 90 degrees and probably to 120 - 160 degrees. The hinge has two pivot points. Depending upon how close or how far from the lids hinge you make these pivot points, you dictate how much the lid will open. The further from the hinge, the less it can open. The closer to the hinge, the more it will open. The length of the hinge when extended and distance of the pivot points from the edge of the lid and box, will set the limits on the degrees open you can achieve.
have been looking for small box lid supports for jewerly boxes, you have one on line #34090, but i need to have one end that mounts to a flat lid, can you help. ?
willis b on Nov 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I used one on a jewelry box l made for a granddaughter and it worked great
If you have a piece of island or something like it that lifts up with the lid when opening what are the pieces called and how do I applY?
Chelle on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don't know if I understand the question . On my projects I have had to make spacers to make up the difference in the alignment of the Parts that the support is attached to. It is important the support dosen't rub against the parts that move. Not knowing how big your componeits are this is made for light weight componets. A pincture would help. The spacer I made were of the same type of wood the box and lid were made from.
I'm thinking about using these supports on 12" x 16" toy boxes. Lid weights will be 1 - 2 lbs. Will they keep the lids from slamming on a child's fingers?
Kevin H on Dec 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think I would use the soft close hinge if it's for the lid not shutting so fast. I have the kind of lid support that you've mentioned, but I've use them on wooden boxes only. They worked good as for as opening easily and shutting easily.
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Please help me. I made embellished this beautiful cigar box and I'm proud of it. The lid is too heavy and it tips over. I have bought two other types of lid support hinge but they did not work; either the hinge was too big or the lid is not wide enough, the arm bumps against the area where the screws are located. My box is 6 1/8 inch and lid width is 3/4 inch. It does have this lip that goes beyond the main box area, which is 1/2 inch. Will this hinge work on my box?
WhimsyCrafter on Dec 14, 2016
I don't use chest hinge because they are too intrusive and interfere on small boxes.
On my jewelry and humidor boxes I use quadrant hinges. they are strong and nonintrusive.
How much weight can it support?
George T on Jan 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have used these to support the lids on several machinist tool chests. Those lids weigh about three pounds each.
I have 3/4"clearence in the lid as well as the inside top of the box. will this clear both in a fully closed position?
Barney B on Jan 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The hinge portion of the lid support is 1 inch wide.
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