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Finely Crafted Box Hinges

By Brad Holden

Finely crafted projects, such as the boxes made by Ian Hawthorne, deserve the best hardware. These Neat Box Hinges from Hawthorne Crafts will lend beauty, subtlety and durability to any small project. Crafted in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, these hinges are “cracking good.” They’re set in, like knife hinges, so when the box is closed, only the short barrel on the back of the box is visible; hence the “Neat Hinges” name.

Most box hinges are installed the “short way,” along the back. Hawthorne Neat Hinges are installed the “long way,” along the box sides. This creates a more durable joint, because the screws are less likely to pull out.

Neat Hinges are also beautifully made. Fit and finish is flawless. Their movement is precise, with a built-in stop at 93°, just enough past 90° to ensure that the lid stays open.

Neat Hinges come in nickel or brass, polished to a mirror finish. The hinges are slightly more than 8mm wide, so minimum stock thickness is 12mm (just less than 1/2"). Mr. Hawthorne recommends an 8mm dia. bit, but states that a 5/16" dia. bit will also work. A drilling guide is included with the hinges to ensure straight pilot holes. Brass hinges come with #3 x 5/8" brass screws. Nickel hinges come with M2.5 x 16mm stainless steel screws.



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