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    hinge

    As a woodworker I am in awe of what a machinist can do with metal. To that end I've been trying to find someone who can make a hinge like I have on my 4 fold 2 foot wooden rule. The hinge allows the arms to unfold 180.

    I found one gent who could do it but he had a stroke and gave up on that work. I tried a bunch of machinist blog sites and never got one reply. I went to three machine shops around my house that advertised no job too small - my request qualified as the exception.

    I was wondering if there is a woodworking machinist out there who can answer my question - can someone make this hinge? Or can someone point in the right direction? I would appreciate any advice, comments, etc.

    thanx
    ralph

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    Got a picture Ralph.
    My son-in-law likes challenging jobs in the machine shop.

    A drawing would be better.

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    Hi Dale,
    Here's some pics. I really don't want something like this. I just want two U shaped things that are hinged. If I can figure out how to get a pic of a drawing I'll post it. For this should give you an idea of what I'm looking for.
    thanx
    ralph

    SANY1962.JPGSANY1963.JPG

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    Hi Dale,
    Here's a drawing and I don't claim to be an artist. I'm not sure of how to make the hinge or how thick the sides should be. I just need the two clams to close up against one another. I listed the only dimensions that I need. The rest of the "making" I'll leave up to you're judgement and experience.
    Ralph





    drawing-ralph.jpg

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    You could probably fabricate that whole thing. Get some brass "C" channel model airplane tubing,and a dollhouse furniture hinge to solder to it. Micro Mark sells both items.

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    Thanks for the info George. I'll check it out.
    ralph

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    Another possible option, if you can alter the ” dimension, would be to carefully modify an old ladies zippo lighter using a jewelers saw. The inside dimension of the one I have measures 3/8”.
    Just a thought..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Another possible option, if you can alter the ” dimension, would be to carefully modify an old ladies zippo lighter using a jewelers saw. The inside dimension of the one I have measures 3/8”.
    Just a thought..
    did Zippo made a old men lighter ?

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    LOL, that's not how I meant it!
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    hmmmm, are someone embarrass

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    If you can find a small one,a cigarette lighter hinge would be MUCH,MUCH stronger than a doll house hinge. Maybe a CHILD'S Zippo ?

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