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    rnieuwenhuijs
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    It’s been a very long time since I posted something here, but I hope someone might be able to help me. I have just finished building this project and it has been an amazing learning experience and fun to build. In Paul’s version he added a gas stay to stop the lid tipping backwards. He screwed it into the frame of the lid. I altered the dimensions for my chest (I made a slightly smaller version). Unfortunately the frame of my lid just barely overhangs the inside of the box (only about 5mm). This means that I have to screw the stay into the panel. But: the panel is bevelled and therefore very thin where I need to screw the stay (too thing for a screw).
    My question is if anyone has tips/suggestions for solving this. One thought I had is that I could glue a block of wood to the inside of the panel of the lid, thereby making it thicker, and screwing a stay into that. It would be a bit unsightly though. I don’t need a gas stay per se, and could also attach a chain, but then I’m face with the same problem of how to attach it to the lid.

    The chest will be placed along a wall, so the lid wouldn’t be able to open more than 100 degrees as it is. but I still like the idea of having some kind of safeguard against it opening too far and ripping out the hinges.

    I’ve attached a couple of pictures.

    Any advice is much appreciated!

    Robert

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    Larry Geib
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    Nice chest.

    Gas stay brackets come in all sorts of offset configurations.

    It could be that one like this might work to screw to the lid frame.

    https://www.siraweb.com/bracket-gpb8?gclid=Cj0KCQjw84XtBRDWARIsAAU1aM3fuXL-25jtLFU_4Hj6E3N_VTTrwggHYMPijrlDwO_JJr_xh0yFZ9QaAvAeEALw_wcB

    Or

    https://www.siraweb.com/bracket-gpb3?gclid=Cj0KCQjw84XtBRDWARIsAAU1aM3AGV0anAZrxvWsmm1mfLWoaIDZvV4xPEBwr0rwH_ySXLyo3Vsjn08aAsQfEALw_wcB

    Stabila is another brand.

    Google 10mm gas stay bracket and dozens of types will show.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Larry Geib.
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    Larry Geib
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    An alternative is to use adjustable friction hinges. With these, the lid will stay in any position you put it.

    #617429
    Ed
    Participant

    The other reason for a slow-close stay when there is a heavy lid is to protect children’s fingers, heads, and whatever else they manage to stick in there. There are also spring-based stays. You need to calculate the torque requirement from the weight and size of the lid.

    #617487
    rnieuwenhuijs
    Participant

    Larry: I will look at some of the offset options and see if I can find something, or glueing a bevelled block. Ed: there are no kids in this house (usually) but that’s a valid point.

    Thanks for all your help!

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