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
Butterflies and butts - ancient and modern (ish)
A pretty little hinge... the butterfly was traditionally used for a little spice cupboard built into the chimney breast of the big, open cooking fire. Like most hinges of its day, it was made from two leaves, each folded round the pin and back on itself, where it was thinned down on the anvil and fire-welded. Modern steel has made the fire-welding much more difficultâ€¦ and less necessary because of its strength compared to the soft wrought iron of the pre-industrial age. But the Industrial Revolution also offered an accuracy unachievable to the old-time smith and the butt hinge was born, tight enough and strong enough to conceal on the edge of a door. Scores of sizes and many styles are available in any diy store but one is fast disappearingâ€¦. made in cast iron and once the last word in quality.
The half butterfly is a later piece, to fit a narrow door frame, with a butterfly on the door or lid and a straight-sided, rectangular shoulder piece xxmm wide to go on the box or door frame. Good on cupboards where the sides bear the hinges directly, without a facing 'picture frame' surround. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
We also do a more ornamental version, using the old tulip or arrow-head finish on the shoulder piece. Also good on cupboards where the sides bear the hinges directly, without a facing 'picture frame' surround. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
Old-fashioned cast iron, more positive than the builders' merchants' pressed steel efforts. The cast iron butt hinge was developed in the days of solid mahogany doors and 12-foot ceilings, long before flush doors with cores of cardboard. They're much thicker than a modern sheet steel pressing and a lot less forgiving. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
The traditional butterfly shape… the wings spread as wide as possible to space the fixing nails while using as little metal as possible and waisted to accommodate a short knuckle. Great for small cupboards, boxes and furniture pieces. And often used for shutters