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Mild steel will rust. Don't let it go on to long. Use steel wool, then furniture wax polish
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Most metals, especially iron, 'bleed' into un-treated hardwood, especially oak, when it gets wet.
Dove-tail nails for maximum grip. Different angles also helps protect the wood from splitting.
A hand-made piece deserves a better fixing than cross-head screws. Use nails or slot-heads.
Many carpenters use nails on a door, screws on the doorframe, so the door'll come off later if needed.
Old carpenters say a T-hinge should be 2/3rds the width of the door but it's really what looks right.
Cut nails grip better than 'wire' nails, but not as good as 'annular' nails.
Stable doors often have a long T top and bottom, with two shorter ones in the middle but whatever looks right IS right.
Butt hinges which fit into rebates in door and frame are more difficult to fit than Ts or Hs.
Need fixings for your Forgeries forgeries ? We've got old-fashioned rose-head nails, from 25mm to 50mm, to match your hinges. So don't betray your hinges with plated cross-head screws !
As a rule we don't do brass, partly because of the difficulty of finding the old alloy mix, which has a much redder, coppery colour than modern brass. But little shutter knobs are hard to find in any alloy
Need fixings for your Forgeries forgeries ? We've got old-fashioned slot-head self-coloured countersunk screws and black enamelled round heads
You've hung the door. Now think about opening it. Our suffolk latch page has a huge variety of mix 'n' match variations.
Fancy a coat hook on the back of your door, to match the ironmongery ? Take a look at our 'beam hooks'... and 'nail hooks', especially for bedrooms and bathrooms

Shut it ! And keep it shut

Most modern bolts have a round bar, held in place by 'barrel' hoops... the barrel bolt. The round bar, as well as sliding back and forth, can turn so the knob engages in slots to hold it in place. The 'tower bolt' is similar and even modern versions retain the knob that looks like the turret of fairy-tale castle

But before rolling mills could turn out miles of perfectly round bar every hour the smith had to hot-hammer a lump of iron to make a few inches, a two-man job with hammer and swage. Square was easier, so he made it square and devised an integral spring, properly tempered to stop the bar from working loose or simply falling shut or open by gravity. And that's the basis for the Forgeries sliding bolt…. in lots of shapes and sizes, pretty or purposeful, hefty or delicate but all strong enough to stand up to wear and tear, strong enough to survive where the wood they're fixed to will give way first. Most come with an alternative 'swan-neck' version, with the business end offset to allow an alternative anchor point.


Large with brass knob£13.80
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Just as heavy but a bright brass knob replaces the fish-tail on the slider, which is slightly shorter as a result – useful if space is short. The gleam of the brass contrasts the black iron to give a more cared-for look, slightly more decorative. Most of our bolts are also available at the same price with a 'swan-neck' (that is an 'off set'). Please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk to specify when you order
Large with brass knob
Price: £13.80
Length: 150mm
Width: 50mm
Weight: 195 gr
Product No: BO2
Large Fishtail£12.20
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The Big One…. heavy-duty back plate, with a workmanlike slider and extra fixing points, for exterior doors, one will do the trick but top and bottom a pair could withstand the Red Army, until the fixings give way or the wood splinters. Comes with a stable or, for even greater security a mortise plate. Most of our bolts are also available at the same price with a 'swan-neck' (that is an 'off set'). Please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk to specify when you order.
Large Fishtail
Price: £12.20
Length: 150mm
Width: 50mm
Weight: 245 gr
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Large with iron knob£12.20
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A squat, tactile iron knob cuts out the curly fish-tail handle on the slider, which again is slightly shorter as a result – useful if space is short. The rest is like the plain version, with the spring on the slider making a positive action immune to gravity or rattles.
Large with iron knob
Price: £12.20
Length: 150mm
Width: 50mm
Weight: 190 gr
Product No: BO3
Short large£9.50
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Where space is really tight or something more visually compact is required, but retaining the main characteristics of the basic fish-tail version. The ingenious spring on the slider makes a positive action, immune to gravity or rattles. Most of our bolts are also available at the same price with a 'swan-neck' (that is an 'off set'). Please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk to specify when you order
Short large
Price: £9.50
Length: 150mm
Width: 50mm
Weight: 245 gr
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Small Fishtail£8.95
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Just right for cupboard doors, bathroom doors, stable doors, even windows. The fish-tail design effectively provides a handle too, to open or close the door once unbolted. The slider has a built-in spring to hold it in place, immune to gravity and rattles while providing a smooth, positive action. Please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk to specify when you order
Small Fishtail
Price: £8.95
Length: 80mm
Width: 30mm
Weight: 65 gr
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Small Narrow£8.95
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And here we've narrowed the back plate, so it's almost a skeleton version, slim and compact but retaining the full mechanism, and the option of straight (with staple keeper) or cranked (with mortise plate. Please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk to specify when you order
Small Narrow
Price: £8.95
Length: 70mm
Width: 20mm
Weight: 40 gr
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