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
Getting a grip on drawers, cupboards, doors
A mix here.... brass and iron, cast iron and forged iron, hammered and turned.
We don't do much brassware but we had some made to our design as an experiment and the results looked so good against our hand-forged ironmongery that we thought our customers might think so too.
We don't cast iron here but our range of cupboard knobs, like most Forgeries items copied from originals, offers a few to choose from, including a couple of probably the heaviest doorknobs available, solid cast iron (test it with a magnet) and very tactile. Our handles are hammered out from lumps of red-hot iron.
If there's an awkward item looking for a home, we'll make up a 'special' or if you'd rather the dresser hooks screwed in, we'll put a thread on.... you get the idea. If it's shelf brackets you need, just send us a sketch.
A pair of knobs, complete with spindle, bosses and grub-screw (and allen key). Suitable for rim lock (mounted on the door face) or mortise lock (set into the thickness of the door).... solid and black, you can almost feel the weight.
Two knobs, complete with spindle, bosses and grub-screw (and allen key). Suitable for rim lock (mounted on the door face) or mortise lock (set into the thickness of the door).... smaller than the round version.... still solid and black but less dominating and for some easier to use.
A 'grab handle' made for doors but good for larger cupboards, such as wardrobes. Big enough to take four fingers. The prototype was copied from an old latch and the D handle has evolved a little since introduction 30 years ago. They vary a little so try to order all at once so we can match them up before they go
Good for cupboards and drawers, especially where a little more control is needed than an ordinary knob can offer. Big enough for three fingers. Looks good in any kitchen, modern or traditional. They vary a little so try to order all at once so we can match them up before they go
Made on a lathe in an old-fashioned workshop, by hand, not a computer-controlled machine so each one is slightly different. (Try to order them all at once so we can math them up before they go). Comes with washer, back nut, and threaded bar but we can supply with a bolt instead if you tell us the thickness of the door or drawer front.
Copied from a delicate, early Victorian original, in cast iron. Fixed with a threaded stud set in during casting and back nut. Not available with wood-screw or bolt. Once they were everywhere, on cupboards, drawers, dressers, in smart houses cottages or terraces.... the work-a-day black knob
New territory for Forgeries : our first dealings with brass. We thought these bright shiny, little shutter knobs looked so good against the solid matt of our forge-work that you might like it too. This is the biggest we do. Normally comes with woodscrew but we can supply countersunk bolts or threaded rod with a back nut on any size of knob.