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Mild steel will rust. Don't let it go on to long. Use steel wool, then furniture wax polish
Cross-sell no. 1
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

Holy Lord - the hinge that keeps a panelled door together

The HL hinge was the answer to the old problem of glue and for more than a century it and it's little brother the H-hinge dominated door furniture. The HL hinge brings the strength of iron to the corner joints of a panelled door, which without it had to rely on a few wooden wedges and old fashioned hot glue, made from boiled up bones and pathetically weak by modern standards. That was when the industrial revolution began and the smiths of the day could suddenly cut the parts from rolled sheet - as we do today - to give a much plainer finish. And many variations evolved. Forgeries HL hinges are 'square', the vertical arm as long as the horizontal, but sometimes they used a longer horizontal arm (see our half HL hinge, below). Sometimes they'd both be square ended, sometimes both ends of the HL hinge would be ornamented. On the smaller ones, mostly used on furniture, this was more often the case and we offer the 4-inch in a choice of finishes. The H-hinge probably preceded its big brother. It too was a joint enterprise by the smith and the carpenter. The long arms of the H provided plenty of fixing points for nails and the short knuckle kept the input hours down for the smith. It also proved the weakest point and the smith answered it with a five-knuckle version, rarely, if ever, seen in its predecessor the garnet. By the way, suggestions that the term 'holy lord' was a superstitious response to fervent Christian values is now generally discounted !


HL hinge 8-inch£17.50
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The Holylord workhorse. Looks good on panelled doors as a period alternative to the nowadays-more-conventional butt hinge but just as good offering extra support on a boarded, ledge-and-brace door, on a framed boarded door. Often used with a single H-hinge halfway up the door. Come in pairs (left and right, or top and bottom) All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
HL hinge 8-inch
Price: £17.50
Shoulder: 210mm (8.25ins) x 25mm (1ins) x 3mm (0ins)
Knuckle: folded & welded, 50mm (2ins)
Pin: 5mm
Extended Arm: 8 inch
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL101
H hinge 8-inch£17.50
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The natural pre-cursor of the butt hinge. The H-hinge is used on panelled doors, in pairs or sometimes three per door. Often used on stable doors where four HL hinges or straps would look like too many. Works well too on framed ledge-and-brace doors. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order
H hinge 8-inch
Price: £17.50
Shoulder: 210mm (8.25ins) x 25mm (1ins) x 3mm (0ins)
Knuckle: folded & welded, 50mm (2ins)
Pin: 5mm
Extended Arm: n/a
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL102
Half HL hinge£17.50
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A bit out of the ordinary but still occasionally seen in the original. Like the full HL hinges they come in pairs (left and right, or top and bottom).... and like the big HL Hinges they can be supplemented midway with a straight H hinge. Look especially good on stable doors. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order
Half HL hinge
Price: £17.50
Shoulder: 210mm (8.25ins) x 25mm (1ins) x 3mm (0.2ins)
Knuckle: folded & welded, 50mm (2ins)
Pin: 5mm
Extended Arm: 8 inch
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL103
HL hinge 4-inch£7.20
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A scaled-down version of the 8-inch HL hinge, with similar proportions.... plain and simple. It's mostly for cupboards, in the kitchen or the bathroom or the bedroom. It's slim enough to be used on shutters, often with an intermediate H-hinge. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
HL hinge 4-inch
Price: £7.20
Shoulder: 110mm (4.3ins) x 20mm (0.8 ins) x 3mm (0.1ins)
Knuckle: folded, 30mm (1.2 ins)
Pin: 3mm
Extended Arm: 210mm (8.3 ins)
Weight: 130 gr
Product No: HL104
H hinge 4-inch£6.20
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A scaled-down version of the 8-inch H hinge, with similar proportions.... plain and simple. It's mostly for cupboards, in the kitchen or the bathroom or the bedroom. It's widely used by cabinetmakers on things like sideboards and bureaus. Or use it to make 'three-up' with a pair of HL hinges on light-weight shutters or wardrobe doors. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
H hinge 4-inch
Price: £6.20
Shoulder: 110mm (4.3ins) x 20mm (0.8 ins) x 3mm (0.1ins)
Knuckle: folded, 30mm (1.2 ins)
Pin: 3mm
Extended Arm: 4 inch
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL105
5 knuckle H hinge£8.20
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The longer pin and the extra leaves on the knuckle of this essentially H-hinge make it a stronger hinge, for heavier items or things likely to get more use... pretty handy, for instance, when it's hanging two or three folding shutters ganged together. All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order
5 knuckle H hinge
Price: £8.20
Shoulder: 145mm (4.3ins) x 20mm (0.8 ins) x 0.5mm (0.1ins)
Knuckle: folded, 50mm (2 ins)
Pin: 3mm
Extended Arm: n/a
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL106
H hinge 5-inch£8.50
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A bit more showy, this H-hinge, with the four ends ornamented with the traditional Tulip cut-out design, which is sometimes believed to be a stylised arrow-head. Complements fine woodwork on one-off projects and still looks good on a row of fitted kitchen cupboards
H hinge 5-inch
Price: £8.50
Shoulder: 145mm (4.3ins) x 20mm (0.8 ins) x 0.5mm (0.1ins)
Knuckle: folded, 30mm (1.2 ins)
Pin: 3mm
Extended Arm: n/a
Weight: 0 gr
Product No: HL107
HL hinge 5-inch£9.50
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A memorable, distinctive hinge. Like the 5-inch H-hinge, the small HL is more delicate, than it's square-ended cousin. Fit it anywhere, upstairs on wardrobes, downstairs on kitchen cupboards. The 'tulip' design is standard but we can offer a variety of bespoke choices drop us an e-mail ! All hinges are priced per pair. If you need an odd number please e-mail Sales@forgeriesonline.co.uk when you order.
HL hinge 5-inch
Price: £9.50
Shoulder: 145mm (4.3ins) x 20mm (0.8 ins) x 0.5mm (0.1ins)
Knuckle: folded, 30mm (1.2 ins)
Pin: 3mm
Extended Arm: 5 inch
Weight: 150 gr
Product No: HL108
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