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09-11-2009 11:49 PM

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Hello all, I’ve been looking for a few brass pins of various sizes for small boxes and whatever comes up. They’re used for like a swing lid or maybe putting together a knife kit. Anyways, I looked at Woodcraft and was quite disappointed. I figured for the size of thier large hardware selection and prices—they would have some on hand. Not only not on hand, but couldn’t point me in the right direction to order even. I need t get these boxes built for the guys in my wedding party and the Dads. I’m thinking of scrubbing off a welding rod and using that. Any suggestions or websites for good selection of brass pins would be highly appreciated. Thanks, TinkerTom

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 11:58 PM

Tom, you might want to check places in your area that supply metal workers. Most places carry Brass rod of every diameter, then you just cut it to length with a hack saw…Hope this helps…

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 12:11 AM


You can begin by checking my most recent project. I modified a brass machine screw to make the hinge for that lid.

When looking for a brass pin to use like you, I had a lot of trouble. You may check out McMaster-Carr or Grainger and search for brass rod. You can buy all kinds of things at both of those sites.

Hope this helps. If you find something better, please post it.

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 12:31 AM

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 12:35 AM

Ive been buying nickel and brass rods at “northcoast knive”. been good company to deal with so far.

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 01:02 AM

look for escutcheon pins on Google.

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 02:28 AM

Wow JantzSupply rocks!!

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#7 posted 09-12-2009 02:30 AM

Their delivery time can’t be beat, I have had stuff delivered the next day when ordered in the afternoon.


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#8 posted 09-12-2009 02:42 AM

Tinker Go to your local welding supply most sell by the #


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#9 posted 09-12-2009 05:18 AM

My local ACE Hardware has a pretty good selection of brass rod and tubing.

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