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Toy Box Question need help

Good afternoon!! I need a little help. I'm building two toy boxes for my nieces and nephews and I need to figure out how to attach the lids to the boxes and to be able to keep the lids from opening 180 degrees. The toy box is 36" wide. I bought a 30" piano like hinge from HD and screwed flush from the back to the box and the lid... However it seems very sturdy it just opens to far. What should I use to make it stop at like 90 degrees?? Did I use the right hinge?? Any advice would be great!
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I believe the hinge that you bought will work just fine. You can use something like this to stop the lid from opening all of the way. These are available at most big box stores or you can order them from a number of websites. Hope this helps.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/200...5-ip-lids.aspx
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That's a nice looking chest!!
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I would put a toy box safety hinge type thing (like the things that hold the hatch on your car open) that way it will not slam shut on little ones
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I would put a toy box safety hinge type thing (like the things that hold the hatch on your car open) that way it will not slam shut on little ones
That is a pneumatic piston. You can probably buy locally at an auto parts store or a boat/marine supply house.

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What to use depends upon your budget. The pneumatic piston as suggested above may be the best.

A plain small chain would probably be the cheapest. Cut it so that the chest opens about 115 degrees.

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here is a link for the toy box supports at Rockler: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...0&site=ROCKLER
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I have a feeling those gas shocks for car hatches and hoods may be a little strong for a box lid. I don't think there would be enough weight there to keep them down. Rockler does sell a pricey little torsion hinge that, if properly sized, will keep the lid at any angle you put it.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...*sfxd*0*sfxd*0@@

I would like to think someone has them a bit cheaper but I have no idea where at this time. I think something like that is a necessity on a childs box though, to keep fingers and heads from getting hit.

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I believe I would use a toy box or cedar chest hinge.
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I would think about a torsion hinge. It will allow for easy opening and holding in place.
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I put those torsion hinges from Rockler on a toy box I built my granddaughter. That is exactly what I would use again. Peace of mind is worth every penny IMO.

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How hard are they to install? This is for a bench too is that a prob weight on top?
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