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Forum topic by Sgt_Lobo posted 12-16-2007 07:44 AM 2629 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2007 07:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box hinge catches brass bronze copper hardware

Does anyone here know of a good place on the internet to purchase hardware for small boxes? I am so tired of shiny polished brass. What I want is to find a site that sells matching hinges and catches in materials like bronze, copper, finished in black, pretty much anything other than shiny stainless or brass. Any help is appreciated…

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 08:21 AM

One solution is to darken the brass by chemically aging it. Use this web site.

-- Thuan

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 02:59 PM

Try for all kinds of hinges. They also specialize in Victorian Period hardware and stuff like that.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 03:12 PM

Try Lee Valley reasonable prices, wide selection.
Try searching keywords: wrought iron, cast iron, linished, Victorian reproduction.
or Brusso second mortgage prices, but absolutely top flight hardware.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 04:38 PM

Ball and Ball , Whitechapel

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-17-2007 05:04 PM

Funny, I almost forgot I started this thread. Thanks for all the advice from everyone! I tell you, this is still frustrating to me. I searched all of these sites and am still having trouble finding hardware I like for small boxes. A lot of these sites have hardware for larger cabinets and doors and such, but when they get to the small box hardware, it’s back to polished brass or nickel plated or just plain shiny… And the prices for some of this stuff??? I mean, I have a hard time paying more for a hasp than I’m paying for the rest of the materials that go into the box…

So, I think I will try Thuan’s idea of chemically aging brass hardware myself. I will keep monitoring this thread however, should someone find some other choices for small box hardware. Thanks again everyone!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#6 posted 12-18-2007 12:50 AM

what about making your own—see Mark DeCou's blog

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 12:57 AM

That might be one of the reason so many folks started building wooden hardware.

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#8 posted 12-19-2007 05:45 AM

No one has mentioned the big one, Rockler.

-- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

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#9 posted 12-19-2007 10:24 AM

Have you thought of making your own wooden hinges and closure devices? It works, just takes a little time and practice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-19-2007 03:12 PM

I feel confident that I could build my own wooden hinges. As far as closures go, that is one that I am shying away from. I am waiting untill I build a project that only requires hinges and then I will give them a go.

For my recent project, I actually ended up going with Douglas’s solution of Lee Valley. They had a slightly better selection than many of the others and I found a brass clasp with a “tumbled” finish that I actually liked. I then chose those barrel hinges that are for the most part hidden. Can’t wait till they arrive so I can finish this box!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#11 posted 12-19-2007 03:37 PM

Check this one out.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 12-19-2007 06:33 PM

Love LV/Veritas. Good luck, Sarge!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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