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HarleySoftailDeuce

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08-12-2017 05:40 PM

Hello friends on LJ !

I’m in the process of building Thomas Jefferson’s lap desk. I am looking for a source for a brass half mortise lock that fits in the single drawer.

Anyone can google this project and view it. Perhaps I’ve ignited other woodworkers to take the challenge.
It’s not an easy build; I am staying true to the build.

The Declaration of Independence was written on his box! This portable desk now is in the Smithsonian.

Hope someone can help me….and also the hinges.

Good Saturday to all !! :)

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island


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Rick_M

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 08:15 PM

I was looking for something unrelated and noticed this and remembered your question. Don’t know if it is exactly what you are looking for.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DT4PDA/

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#2 posted 08-12-2017 10:04 PM

Paul, if I were to make that piece, I would strongly consider Brusso hardware. HTH

-- Art

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 08-12-2017 10:16 PM

Look here

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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jbee

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#4 posted 08-13-2017 12:38 AM

What about Horton-Brasses

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 08-13-2017 05:06 AM

Somewhere in my garage I have a number of those, and other vintage, lock sets.
If you are willing to wait a few hours I will find them and post a photo.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 08-13-2017 01:56 PM

Londonderry brasses http://www.londonderry-brasses.com/
they can tell you everything you need .. I have done 6 or so of these and the brasses are a challenge .. pm me if you have questions .. we researched extensively and having an association with Monticello .. we were able to make sure we had them correct ..

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 05:14 PM

All you guys are terrific ! Ordered the lock from Lee Valley…it should be fine.
The help I get from the members on this site is always gratifying. Thanks again to all !

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 05:42 PM

Paul, this is installed on my tool chest It’s from Lee Valley.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#9 posted 08-18-2017 05:44 PM

Thanks to everyone for your help ! I went to Londerry Brasses and ordered the period correct hardware.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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