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Do a search for safety toy box hinges or something similar. They prevent such a lid from slamming down hard, and will hold the lid open so one can search the contents with two free hands. One version: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30958&site=ROCKLER
I was looking at those, wondering if there is another style that may help open it to. Only looking for safety ones. Being 20 lbs seems kinda heavy for a toddler maybe not I was a strong kid.
 

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I just built this toy box. The lid is weighing in at 20lb wondering what hinges are the best out there thanks.
here is how you find out what you need, weight the lid and measure the frount to back of the lid here is the formila the link also http://www.rockler.com/basket/wizard_torsion.cfm
Torsion Calculator

Weight of the lid pounds
Weight must be in decimal pounds (e.g., 6.25) Depth of the lid inches
Distance must be in decimal inches (e.g., 8.75)
 

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I second the vote for the Rockler hinges. I have used them a number of times. When you get the weight/hinge ratio right the lid opens very easily. The only downside I see is that a kiddo can still 'slam' the lid down by pushing. Maybe some of the other styles slow the lid down when being pushed down as well? I'm not sure as I have only used the Rockler ones from the above link.

Brad
 
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