Hinges and Lid Supports for Chests
Traditional, decorative, or practical, there's hardware to match any style
Synopsis: Installing hinges and lid supports on a chest involves more than just a few hours of tooling in the shop. Depending on the style of your project — whether it’s Arts and Crafts or Colonial — you must first choose the right style of hardware. In this article, Mike Dunbar reviews the various options and sources for hardware, and details methods for installing each hinge. Also find tips for installing lid supports to prevent the lid on your blanket chest or toy box stays from falling backward.
Almost every furniture style—from Shaker to Arts and Crafts—has adopted and adapted the basic chest, in the process creating a range of styles and uses. But no matter which design you choose, a chest needs hardware. I am always surprised when someone invests a great deal of effort in making a piece of furniture and then buys whatever hinges the local hardware store…