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post #1 of 3 Old 02-25-2014, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Lid Hinge location

Hey! it's another beginner question, only this is tricky. I'm building a coffee table and half of the top is going to open with hinges on the narrow end. However, I'm having trouble figuring out where to place the hinges for the Lid.

This is the lid hinge I think I'm going to use:

I'll probably place 2 on each side of the narrow end. However, the problem is that on the diagram here:

says I should have it 1' 3/8 away from the location of the hinge pin. I also looked at the back of the Lowe's mentioned item (I went to the store and looked at it) and it says it should be 3/4 of an inch away from the henge pin.

I need to know how far (linear distance) from the henge pin I need to drill in the hinge (into the lid) if I place the base of the hinge 4.75 inches away instead. Also if I place the bottom only 1/4 of an inch below the hinge pin. Ideally getting a 65 degree or greater opening.

Does anyone have a site that can explain the math to figuring it all out or is it best to simply experiment? (I'm afraid experimenting may cause me to drill lots of holes and not allow the hinge to work correctly)

ps, sorry for the long post, I hope I made sense.

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Well first of all what is in the picture isn't the hinge. It's the lid support which stops the top from going all the way back and breaking off. Right above where the 1 1/4" is illustrated is shown a common butt hinge which is the hinge. That would work fine and you could place butt hinges anywhere close to the ends. If you wish to have a hinge that works like what you are thinking then use a cedar chest hinge. It is hinge and lid support all in one piece of hardware.
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