A beautiful choice for your finest music boxes, jewelry boxes, humidors, and all other small boxes and cases. These deluxe solid brass hinges are gold-plated for a beautiful finish that will complement your best woodworking projects.
We recommend using our JIG IT Hinge Mortising System with the Q5 Template to make installation of these hinges accurate and easy.
I used this for a box made using plans from a recent article in "Wood" magazine. The plans specifically recommended this particular hinge. Fitting this 5/16th inch wide hinge into a box with 1/2" sides leaves very little supporting the sides of the hinge especially with the delicate brass screws included. I decided to use some epoxy glue in addition to the screws to attach the hinges to the box and everything looks very nice and works perfectly
Anyone that builds high end boxes will enjoy the quality of these hinges. There are several other less expensive brass hinges on the market but they are a waste of time as they will not last over the long haul and from past experience the screws that come the the less expensive hinges are worthless.
You simply cannot go wrong using these hinges for expensive boxes. A couple of simple jigs are all that is required if installing with a hand held router or even easier with a couple of stops and fence on a table router table for perfect alignment.
Again, another product with which I am baffled by the reviews. I just don't see how you could possibly have issue with these, with their construction or installation. As for cost justification, these are a solid brass hinge that has been machined precisely, not stamped from thin and cheap sheet stock. To machine parts precisely takes time, time costs money, plain and simple. If you want a high quality hinge, this is your baby. If you want cheap, he big-box store is right down the road, be my guest! But when your lid is sloppy and the hinges fatigue in a few years, you'll see where cheap will get you! I have used these on several high-end keepsake boxes and even some humidors, and they are a great hinge! They handle heavy lids well and are plenty strong so as not to bend when holding a large, heavy lid open. Cheap, stamped hinges will often bend under these conditions. Well worth the cost. Unless you like to build poor quality pieces, in which case he big-box store may suit you better.
I too purchased the side rail hinge for a high-end commissioned box. These hinges are as near perfection as can be expected. Any experienced woodworker with the proper tools will have no trouble at all. You will need a router table and a 5/16" straight bit. Other than that it is a simple setup. Rout a 5/16" wide x 1/8" deep x 1 9/16" long grove, then raise the bit to 3/16" and deepen the grove at the hinge end outer edge of the box and lid to a point about 1/4" in. This will provide a relief for the hinge pivot. That simple, you will have a perfect fit just like in the picture. I would like to point out that with a little research on the web you will find very accurate illustrated and well written installation instructions for Side Rail Hinges.
Using these hinges, I've built 31 keepsake Commissioning Boxes for graduates of West Point, Annapolis, Coast Guard Academy, and am making a couple Air Force Academy boxes for this years Commissiioning, Throw in a few more boxes for other assorted universities. I am looking forward to opportunity for first Merchant Marine Academy box. I agree with Glen that the instructions are skimpy. But, once you get past that, and realize you need the chamfer or else need to leave the hinge proud so pin piviot point has room, you are good to go. Screws are long enough for purpose. Why the expense - because it is solid brass and it takes manufacturing time and effort for fit and finish. These are high quality solid brass hinges for heirloom projects. They are thick for a great look for your heirloom. If you want something less for your project, then buy a cheap hing and realize you are not making an heirloom. Design is straight forward. I have no problem seating. I use jigs and fences and stop blocks to get the right depth and length mortise. Routing a sample is always advisable. I am this morning placing order for 6 more for upcoming boxes on my list. I highly recommend this hinge for that special project.
I liked the hinge, but thought that the screws were too small. I would have preferred it to be supplied with #4 screws instead of the small #3 screws. I'm considering epoxying the hinge in the slot in addition to using the screws.
Precise, attractive and easy to install. What more can I say? Except this friendly advice. When using very small screws always drill pilot hole large enough so that very little force is required to install them. It is best if you us a none powered driver with a handle. Always use epoxy to bed in the hinge and screws. Be sure that you have a perfect fit befor applying epoxy.
There really isn't much to these for them to cost so much except they are made of overly thick brass. I would like to see a cost effective version. Not that hard to install if you take the time and set it up correctly. Nice concept without having to drill a deep hole for the Quadrant hinge stay bar to recess.
These are very nice hinges. The only issue I have is that there were no installation instructions, and it seems that installing them so that the hinge is flush to the edge of your box causes the lid to bind. I had to cut a chamfer on the edge to get the box to open and close smoothly. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time.
It's a nice concept, but the design of the hinges are poor. You shouldn't have to mortise twice to allow the hinge to swing freely. And even though you do, the hinge still doesn't remain totally flush when opened. The screws are cheap and tend to strip. For the price & headaches, I rated them fair. I would have to think long and hard before I bought these hinges again.