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
The opening window came late to domestic architecture. The first windows were unglazed wooden shutters, sliding sideways. Only the Big House had hinged, lead-light windows on an iron-frame held shut with a small catch fixed to the frame and a hook-and-eye stay. As glass became cheap enough for widespread use it was first used to glaze the old sliding shutters. Next was the sash window, sliding up and down, with a complicated system of pulleys and counter weights.
By the time today's outward-opening hinged windows became the standard, there were butt hinges to provide the opening mechanism and many ways of making up the universal joint required for a stay to keep them open, wide or just a ventilation crack.
The catch too required a little engineering, because the early wooden frames were subject to warping and the corner joints held only with pegs primitive glue-pot glue and the catch had to pull the casement into place. Again several mechanisms were tried, until the wedge-shaped mortise plate, used by Forgeries, became widely accepted.
An innovation for Forgeries – the shiny brass complements the black and silvery steel
'Left' refers to the hinge position, looking out of the window. And the length doesn't affect how wide the window opens, just how it looks when closed (if you put the mounting point next to the hinge).
Plain and simple. 'Left' refers to the hinge position, looking out of the window. And the length doesn't affect how wide the window opens, just how it looks when closed (if you put the mounting point next to the hinge). All our stays come with a pair of pins that go onto the bottom part of the window frame
The best seller.... left refers to the hinge position, looking out of the window. The 'monkey tail' is the handle part, where the square bar is stretched out and thinned down, to be curled back on itself. The length doesn't affect how wide the window opens but it should match the width of the casement.
Another variation on the Forgeries theme. Kirkpatrick are the oldest established manufacturers of black iron window furniture, still using 19th century casting methods but brought right up to date with a modern, entirely weatherproof, black powder coating. We offer a standard universal (not handed) 10-inch casement stay
Kirkpatrick are the oldest established manufacturers of black iron window furniture, still using 19th century casting methods and still using their original Black Country premises. Their monkey-tail catch is the perfect complement to the powder-coated stay.... universal, no let or right
Comes in three styles – monkey tail, brass knob and iron knob. It's not 'handed'. It comes with a mortise plate with a tapered slot to pull the window tightly shut. Sometimes the frame has twin casements so we also offer a 'side keeper' to hold the opening casement closed against its fixed twin.
A simple forging that is set into the timber frame or adjacent casement, tapered like the mortise plate. Just tell us how many side keepers and how many mortise plates you need – there's no exta charge : we just need to know how many of each you need. If there's no figure, we'll include mortise plates (the most usual fitting)