Woodworkers hardware. Lots to choose from. Search on Lid Stays at their
site of the link doesn't work
This is the coolest (as well as the nicest quality and best looking - I
can't stand the stamped brass-plated cheapo look) I've ever used:
There's a screw adjustment to fine tune the rate of close depending upon
the weight of the lid. To close the box you get the lid just past
vertical and walk away - the soft-down feature will slowly close the lid
to a very safe and satisfyingly quiet, bass "dnk" sound. I used one on a
walnut and birch child's toy box that is about 22"x30" and it's the
cat's payamas I tell 'ya.
BTW, if your hope chest will have kids around it - think into the future
too - don't put an self-latching closure on it. If it must have a latch
install one that must be manually set. Kids like to crawl into empty
boxes and a few have suffocated. All commercial chests and the like, I
believe, must have safety latches now.
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