Living hinges material

Has anyone made living hinges on hardwoods? do they have enough flex? I have tried plywood 1.8 and they worked, but thought hardwoods will l look nicer, or if i should stain the plywood

Hardwoods will really want to break along the grain. I think your only hope with living hinges would be to ensure that the slits cross the grain. There is one way to find out! Let us know how it goes.

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I tried one on cherry hardwood, and it was too brittle… the hinge snapped in several places when bending it into place.

Don’t suppose you took any pictures? I’d be curious about the orientation of your grain and the scale you attempted.

No, I didn’t take any pictures. The way the box was laid out, the hinge cuts were against the grain. I had read afterwards that the hardwoods didn’t have as much flexibility. So far the Maple Plywood has resulted in the best boxes.


Great question and thanks for sharing your findings everyone!

However, this question is outside our team’s scope. I’ve moved it to the Beyond the Manual so the discussion can continue there.