Got my first piece of furniture about 80% done this weekend. It's a
chest of drawers, except the top drawer isn't one, it's just a false
front. The lid is going to be hinged, so it lifts up to provide access
to the top compartment.
The lid is 18 X 32X 5/8 glued up walnut, so it has a bit of weight to
1. How much hinging (or how many hinges of what dimensions) do I need?
Suggestions on type? I ask that because every jewelry box I've built
has given me fits mortising in the hinges and having the top close
2. The back rail is 2 1/8 X 29 X 5/8, also walnut. Do I need to double
it up to support the lid's weight and reduce the effect of twist
racking as the lid is opened/closed? It's half lapped to the verticals
that hold the rail and stile sides up and through M&T'd into the
stiles, so it's glued up pretty solid - but that much twisting force
concerns me a bit.
As a point of interest, all the drawer facings (they're ash drawers,
dovetailed fronts, rabbet and dado rears) are book matched glued up
panels. I bought 4" - 5 " wide 6/4s, re-sawed them on the table saw
(that was some fun cutting, even with a sled on the fence!), and glued
them up as 1/2" panels for the drawer faces. Cheaper than buying 10"
wide walnut, even if I could have found any.
Pics are at
The cabinet will hold the knife collection also pictured there.
Keeping sharp blades out of #1 grandson's paws!
Any help will be appreciated.