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Forum topic by dbray45 posted 04-26-2011 01:39 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2011 01:39 PM

Looking for help—

I am currently building a jewelry box for my daughter and am having a terrible time finding what I need. I bought a little lock from the local Woodcraft store and after opening it found that it doesn’t come with screws. Looked at the Woodcraft web site and under the locks page, it says that it doesn’t come with screws. Looked further and found that Woodcraft sells the recommended #2 screws at 1/2” long. Now, between you and me, why get a 1/4” deep mortised lock for a 1/2” piece? Get a 3/8” lock. Anyway, the sides of the box is 3/8” so these screws won’t work. I looked on the web and found several sites that have #1, #2, and #3 screws from 1/4” the 1/2” but the minimum order it 10,000 count. I am not planning on making 2,500 or even 1,000 of the boxes. I did find somebody that would sell me 40 count quantities and ordered them. I will post the name when I get the screws. After all of this, I decided to check the lock and key function. Found that the key doesn’t work in the lock correctly.

Does anybody know where I can get some nice brass and steel butt hinges for 3/8” thick sides? I am also looking for a good quality lock and keyway in steel and brass.

Somebody has to offer them someplace but they are eluding me.

Many thanks!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 01:48 PM

Explore Lee Valley.

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 02:54 PM

You know——I get toys/tools from this place and I never thought about their hardware. They don’t have small steel hardware – just got off the phone with them, just brass.

Must be getting old, forgetting the important stuff.


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 03:02 PM

Based on my own bad experience, at the same time you buy your brass screws get some the same size but in steel. Brass, especially the small screws, will break very easily. On an heirloom type project like yours, you want the hardware to go on perfect the first time. Use the steel screws to start the holes then replace with brass. Good luck and post some pictures when yo’re done.

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 04:51 PM

Once again, for all things hardware, try McMaster-Carr. They have 1/4”, #2 brass screws in 100 packs for around $3 in your choice of phillips or slotted drive. Part #92114A077 or 92406A077. Their search function is really easy to use. Enter a generic term like “screws” in the box in the upper left, then start narrowing it down by clicking on the options for material, thread, head shape, diameter, etc.

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 09:16 PM

Thank you Jeff and JJ. At #1, #2, #3, – they all break when you look at them. I plan on pre-drilling and filling with epoxy – then insert the screw to hold.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 09:48 PM

Try Horton Brass

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 01:04 PM

Thank you Jim, Horton has very nice hardware but their stuff is too large for jewelery boxes and the like. Will definitely keep in mind for larger furniture.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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