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    Default How to Make Tiny Hinges for Tiny Trucks

    Let's make some hinges!

    Recommended tools
    Round nose jewelery pliers
    Needle nose pliers
    Needle files
    Bench vise
    Dremel with cut-off wheel
    Marker or pencil
    Hammer (optional)

    Materials
    Sheet metal of your choice
    Metal rod of your choice. Could also use a straight pin.


    Start with a piece of your favorite metal. I chose brass.


    Take your round nose pliers and roll and end. It may take some fine tuning with the needle nose pliers as well. You might notice that I filed the pliers down to make tighter bends.


    Once that is done I cut the plate to the desired shape and smoothed it with the needle files.


    Time for the other side. It's best to leave some extra material to help hold the piece.


    It doesn't hurt to check the holes in the knuckles with the pin from time to time. If the holes are still a bit wide crimp it with some pliers to tighten it up.


    Mark your cuts for the knuckles.


    Grind it out with the cut-off wheel. If you don't have one you could use files instead.


    Clean up with a needle file. It doesn't hurt to check the fitment regularly. We don't want sloppy hinges.


    Since I didn't have any pins in the right diameter I had to make my own out of 3/32 solid brass rod. I clamped it into my bench vise and gave it a few hits with a hammer to peen it over.


    Last thing to do is cut the pin to length and enjoy your handmade tiny hinge. Repeat as necessary.
    Last edited by pardonmyn00b; 02-02-2014 at 07:14 AM.
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    Very nice, how to Mr Noob

    Hinges are nice too.

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    Golly those are nice


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    very nice result! ... and a great “ how to“

    what comes next? a fully functional rear mirror

    :D

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    Nice one. I was thinking about hinges the other day so I will most probably use this. Thanks for sharing!
    Luke

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    Thanks noob for the threat great how to. . Will be using this in the future for sure.

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    Thanks for sharing this how to.

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    nice how, nice to see someone take the time to do these sort of things.

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    What thickness of brass sheet did you use?
    I am going to attempt this and need to place an order on material first. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KennethL View Post
    What thickness of brass sheet did you use?
    I am going to attempt this and need to place an order on material first. :)
    I can't recall. As thick or thin as you feel is necessary. Tiny stuff so you won't need anything like 16 gauge :)
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