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By Mark Hancock
I'm looking for a hinge for the lid of a box that allows the lid to swivel open. I believe they are called pin hinges or pivot pin hinges. I came across some called Roto hinges but can't find a UK supplier. Any ideas?

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By Dalboy
How big is the box if it is quite big then why not make one the only part that would be visible is the end of the locking pin on the inside
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Is your lid design able to accommodate an inset decorative plug or motive, a simple wood screw with plug over.

Might be called a barrel hinge, although all I can find under that name are pivot hinges not just rotating, have seen them in the past at craft fairs, can't find a supplier either.
Is it a one off? might be possible to make one from a bit of brass rod and a steel pin.

I'm assuming it's a side swinging lid on a turned box.
By rafezetter
Assuming you are talking a small trinket type box, surely you can make one from a bit of your preferred metal? Easy to get a section of small round bar from ebay, and even a tube of the next size up as a bush to prevent wear.

Maybe you need to be a bit flexible in what you are looking for rather than a specific. I often find coming at a problem sideways gets me where I want to be instead of fixating on what I think I want.
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By Dalboy
CHJ wrote:Is it a one off? might be possible to make one from a bit of brass rod and a steel pin.

Glad to see someone on the same page as me Chas :lol:
By BertD
Lee Valley in Canada carries a roto hinge, I have used them on projects with success. They come in three sizes 3/8" 1/2", and 3/4".
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By monkeybiter
Depending on the physical demands you might be able to do exactly what you want with small neodymium magnets. The piccies show a box I made which has three pairs of 6mm magnets superglued into the lid and the base. These hold the top on very firmly, the unexpected side effect being that you can rotate the lid on any one of three pivots and the tiny magnets are more than strong enough to hold the lid without deviating from the common axis, with no wear. It might be worth investigation/adaptation to your requirement.
swivelled to the side

By Bedrock
Try a small brass (or s/s) slot head screw. I usually put the screw in the lathe or drill and turn or file off the countersink. Drill the sides to take small diameter brass tube, internal diameter to match the size of the unthreaded part of the screw.
Drill the box sides for the tube, put temporary spacers inside the box to hold the lid in position, and then drill through the tube into the edge of the lid.
If you have left enough of the slot in the screw head, it then becomes a simple job to fix the pivots, but it is probably better to use steel screws to thread the lid, first, if you are using brass for the finished job.
Depending on the timber used and the design, you could also use small allen head machine screws, but relieve the box sides to take the cap head.

I have used this simple and inexpensive method a number of times, without problems. Last time I visited, the Barnsley workshop uses something similar.

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By Mark Hancock
Thank you for the replies. Chas has it right in that it is a side swivel lid and I don't want the hinge visible so there is not use of plugs to cover holes

It's a side swinging swivel lid I'm looking for a hinge for which is not visible so don't want to use any plugs to fill holes. That's the reason I've decided not to use magnets - though just thought of a method without plugs :-)

I have an idea using the brass rod and pin method but can someone explain to me how you lock the lid and base to such a hinge so that the lid can't be just lift up off the pin?

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By Mark Hancock
CHJ wrote:

You're a star Chas. Simple when you know how; should have thought of that :-)

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By Mark Hancock
It's strange how things work out. I had to replace the air regulator and drain yesterday and as is my way I took the old one apart to see how it worked and guess what I found.....the perfect pin hinge in brass :-)
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By Mark Hancock
Finally finished the box :-)