I’ve been toying with making a “dutch tool chest” for a while, and lately I’m wondering if I could make my own strap hinges. So I thought, since I had the forge out and hadn’t burned myself so far, I’d do a sample piece.
I started with some hot rolled steel bar stock, 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ (ish). I drew out (thinned) one end, formed a hinge eye (sort of) and laid the thin part onto the back. I forge welded that so the eye would be plenty strong. Then I forged a little decorative lump on the other end. It looks sort of like part of a hinge.
The stock is a little too thick for this scale hinge – I’m just working with scraps I have on hand. When I set up the space to do woodwork I hauled away all of my scrap metal that I’d saved up for “someday” blacksmithing projects. And no, I don’t miss it.
So, what’s the verdict? I think I could make a pair of hinges. A little thinner metal (1/8″ or maybe 3/16″) would work better. I need to make a “tool” to help chap the hinge eye, these are called “fullers”. I started incising a design, and decided I didn’t like how it was going, but I think it needs some ornamentation.
I’ll call it a firm “maybe”. I have a design in mind, but I don’t have the chops to pull it off. Maybe with some practice.