How to Make a Hinge Using Furniture Grade PVC Pipe and Fittings

Posted by Bob Bawden on 11/5/2018
People sometimes ask us how to use our furniture grade fittings to make a hinge for a lid or a door, because they aren't sure which fittings are best. The answer is: the slip tee!

A slip tee is unique because it has a socket on one branch of the tee, while the other two are fully open without any stops to allow the pipe to slide through the hole from one end to the other. This also means the slip tee can move around the pipe to sit at any angle!

To make a door or a lid, you will need two slip tees at either end of the pipe acting as the frame. You won't be able to glue or screw the slip tees into place, as that will prevent the door or lid from opening. If you are making a door, one slip tee will fall to the bottom of the frame, which is fine, but you will need to place a third fitting underneath the slip tee being positioned at the top of the frame, or it will fall down as well. The socketed ends of the slip tees will hold the door or lid itself and allow them to be opened outwards or inwards, or up or down. 

If you would like to see a demonstration of using slip tees for this purpose, you can watch our YouTube video here!