Home Made Hinges

About: carpenter ,mancave dweller and all round nice guy .

i had planned to to some painting .but when i got my trestle ladder out one of the hinges had broken .i had inherited them from my grandfather so they were at over 40 years old probably more, so a bit of maintenance is to be expected. i thought it would be easy to fix , so of to my local hardware store .where i found that no one has that type of hinge. so time to get the welder out and make some custom ones.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Items Needed

items needed :
bolts
washers
locknuts
flat bar

tools needed:
welder
grinder
cutting,grinding,flap disks
wire cup wheel
drill
drill bits
clamps
ruler
sharpie
center punch
hammer

safety equipment :
ear muffs
gloves
goggles
welding mask
welding jacket
fire extinguisher

Step 2: Remove Old Hinges

cut along old welds with grinder.a hammer helps in removing. clean up any daggy bits with grinder ready to weld on the new ones.

Step 3: Fabricate Hinges

mark out flat bar stock . ( i'm not going to specify measurements , feel free to make to any size )
secure with clamp and cut your pieces.
now weld together forming an L shape . this is so the trestle will fold flat .
mark ,centre punch and drill holes for pivot bolts .
bolt together , i added a washer between the hinge leaves,to reduce friction.

Step 4: Tack Weld

position hinge on trestle. clamp and tack weld ,rotate trestle and repeat. now open ,close trestle to make sure it doesn't bind . if happy we can move on to next step .if it binds cut tacks ,adjust as needed and re tack .

Step 5: Fully Weld It

crank up the welder and lay down some beads .once fully welded clean up wire wheel and flap disk ready for paint .

Step 6: Paint ..

shake your spray can and give your finished product a lick of paint .
once painted my trestle should last another 40years .
feel free to adapt these hinges to suit your application. cheers

Epilog Contest 8

Participated in the
Epilog Contest 8

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • CNC Contest

      CNC Contest
    • Make it Move

      Make it Move
    • Teacher Contest

      Teacher Contest

    Discussions