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Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog) #5: Help needed!!! Knurled brass bolts

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-14-2011 01:52 PM 5180 reads 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi LJs,

So many have asked me now where I buy the brass hardware and this lead me to make this little call out!

I have found no supplier in Denmark where I come from.

Since my GF is French I come every four weeks to Paris and there I found that the BHV Grand Magasin have a nice selection to buy from in their tool and hardware department in the basement.
http://www.bhv.fr/
Web based:
http://www.metiers-et-passions.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/MetP-France-Site/fr_FR/-/EUR/Navigation-Dispatch?Nao=20&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Default_METP&Ns=p_Rang_SkuGroup&N=16038+4294748767&Nu=p_SkuGroup_ID&Ntt=boutons&subFamily=true
And:
http://www.bricozor.com/vis-metaux-laiton/vis-tete-moletee-laiton-chrome-fauquet.html

In US I just made this search on E-bay: (knurled brass nut)
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=knurled+brass+nut&_sacat=0&_odkw=knurled+brass+bolt&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313
Or: (knurled brass)
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p4634.m570.l1313&_nkw=knurled+brass&_sacat=See-All-Categories
Or: (Thumb screw brass)
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=Thumb+Screw+brass&_sacat=0&_odkw=Thumb+Screw&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

In UK I did not find any, but you can order from the French web shop, then there are no extra costs like from US.

I think it could be wonderful if you put links here if you can help in any country:

Best of my thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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JamesVavra

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 02:16 PM

Hey Mads – this is where I get mine (US):

http://www.mcmaster.com/#brass-knobs/=bfflc7

Fantastic blog series, by the way.

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Brit

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 03:05 PM

Thanks Mads. I couldn’t find any in the UK either. I was going to order some from Mcmaster.com, but then I’d have to pay more postage, VAT if it is over £18 and a post office holding fee of £8, so it starts to get a bit expensive. I’ve bought tools from the US before and wish it was cheaper, as the majority of the nice tools made today either originate from the US or Canada. I think British toolmaking is assigned to the history books. Sad really for a nation with such a rich heritage.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 07:17 PM

Ok, I found two resources for brass thumbscrews here in the UK. The first is Phil Edwards of Philly Planes. I think Phil machines his own hardware for his wonderful hand planes and also sell brass thumbscrews on his site. Here is the link to the thumbscrews:

http://www.phillyplanes.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=16

I also found a site that sells telescopes and they also sell brass thumbscrews. Here’s the link:

http://www.epsilon-telescopes.co.uk/products/thumbscrews.htm

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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lanwater

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 08:46 PM

I bought some brass nuts from woofcratft. They sell them in a small pack of 6(?), I am not sure of the quantity.

As for metal I buy aluminum rods and bars from http://www.onlinemetals.com/
They also carry brass and other metal.

I haven’t bought brass yet but seeing what Mads is doing, I am tempted.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Bertha

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 08:58 PM

I have actually found them in the big box stores here in the US. They are located within those aggravating elongate drawers that have every doo-dad except the thing you’re looking for. I was buying some lynch pins for a tractor when I spotted them. For a couple of weeks, I cleaned them out of every size that appeared. I think they’re the same type (seen on the rear vertical toggle):

I fully realize this won’t help you outside of the US but for my local boys, have a look there.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Napoleon

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 10:11 PM

What a great ideer with links to all the goodies :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Don Johnson

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 11:26 PM

A source of hundreds (thousands ?) of parts for clamping and operating (Handles, knobs clamping levers, star knobs, levelling feet . . . . . the list goes on and on) is Ganter – Standard Machine Elements.

Although this is a German company, their products can be obtained in the UK from Berger Tools Ltd at www.berger-tools.co.uk and they seem willing to deal with small quantity orders.

I made a small enquiry, and almost by return they sent me their catalogue which runs to over 900 pages! It contains a positive cornucopia of a wide variety of items to cover practically anything one could want. Very impressive.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 12:27 AM

thanks Mads great idea
now we just have to convince the administrator to make a hole new section
to supliers of different things :-)
so its easy to find

take care
Dennis

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tdv

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 12:53 AM

Mads hey thanks for all your hard work on my behalf I checked out the UK links posted but no-one seems to do anything like the brass nuts & thumbscrews you have found in France, what is the matter with this country? it used to be a great engineering nation anyway as I don’t speak French I’m unable to understand the BHV website but I will work on it. I used to be a turner in an engineering firm & have made many such items unfortunately I don’t have access to a metal turning lathe any more. I will keep trying your work has given me the inspiration.
Thankyou
Best regards
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 10:01 AM

Mads, You are a handy guy to have around ;-)) If you are Dane, GF French and talking to us in America, how many languages do you know?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mafe

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 01:05 PM

Hi there,
Topa, ich verstehen nicht!
The rest of you, thank you for the links, I think this was fine.
Trevor, I will buy some here in Paris and then you UK guys can buy from me, perhaps I can send for one of you, and you can pay to my paypal account, then you can send eachother in UK.
Since I am home from Paris tonight I have no time to wait for answers, so I will buy some and then take the chance that I get stuck with them I can always find some tools to make.
Hope this will make the UK guys smile.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 01:28 PM

Mads, you are like my daughter, she can think in english, russian, french, spanish, and can speak italian and german plus some others as well.

I am fair at english, if I ever learn to type.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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tdv

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#13 posted 03-15-2011 07:17 PM

Thanks Mads just let me know how much & I’ll square you up through pay pal or whatever you suggest
You’re a real pal. Now I have big smile
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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mafe

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 01:14 AM

As long as I’m not a PayPal…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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tdv

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#15 posted 03-16-2011 09:51 AM

Ha! Ha! Have a safe journey home Mads
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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