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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2013, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question alternative to sugatsune SMH-40/SN

i'm looking for some tabletop hinges; something that's flush when open and can fold up past 90degrees. i'm wanting a satin nickel; stainless steel would work; not interested in brass. i really like the look of this hinge:

i like "corners" compared to the more common semi-circular shaped tabletop hinge. as is too often the case with me, i see something i like, fall in love with it, then realize it's about the most expensive option. these thing are like >$20 each.

anyone know of a more reasonable alternative? i'd need four of 'em. or is spending $80 on hardware not unreasonable. :-) thanks.
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I'm not sure what kind of table top your talking about or if the hinges are at all exposed or under the top... but would a piano hinge work for you? They are not very expensive and can handle a lot of weight.

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thanks. i'll be making a "secretary" of sorts and would like the hinges to be flush to the table surface when the top is opened. i may have to settle for rounded brass versions but will look into one of the products that can give brass an antique finish.
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$80 may seem like a lot if your project was built from construction lumber but if it's made from mahogany or cherry or some other better quality furniture grade wood, do you want to take a chance on buying a cheap hinge that could devalue all your hard work?

I made an entertainment center with eight flush doors. I wanted finial tip hinges but they were SOOOO expensive! Instead I bought some cheap hinges, thinking I could get away with it and no one would notice. Everyone who looked at it went right to the doors to see how they opened and closed. Everyone. And the cheap hinges showed their lack of quality time and again. I could see disappointment on their faces. Eventually I began to add that I bought cheap hinges and they all nodded, understanding it wasn't my work but cheap hinges I foolishly purchased that devalued my work.

After 8 years of apologies I finally bit the bullet and bought quality hinges. But now that family and friends have already tested it, no one works the doors anymore.

A secretary desk hinge though, isn't like what you showed. That's a butler hinge and they usually don't close past 90 degrees.

The above is $10.55 at

This is a typical secretary desk hinge:

The top hinge (perpendicular) provides additional support. The one in the picture is $9.99 at If you aren't including sliders in your project (supports under either side of the drop down table) you may need the additional support a secretary desk hinge provides. That would depend on the weight and extension of the table.
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hey, thanks very much for the response. i appreciate your story; no shortcuts where they're plainly visible. the hinge isn't a butler hinge. it has "buckle" in the middle with two pivots that allows it to fold back on itself.,41241,41261

i'm not sure how this kind of "double-hinge" hinge would work for a top that'll sit at 10degrees past vertical when closed. anyway, i'll get a pair to play around with on some scrap wood.
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