4 Ways to Top a Box
Low-tech lids open without hinges.
Synopsis: Boxes are fun to make and don’t cost you much in materials or time. In fact, there’s nothing about making a box that is tedious, except perhaps installing the hinges. Of course, without hinges you need to figure out another way to keep the top on. We’ve solved that problem with four box designs that use other methods to keep the top on: inserts, a box within a box, a lid dropped into a rabbet, and a lid that tips up and stands “on its own.”
Boxes are fun to make and can be a pleasant diversion between larger projects. With a bit of nice wood and a clever design, you can turn out a beautiful box in just a few hours. But there is one part of making a box that is never fun: installing high-quality hinges and getting them just right. And don’t forget…