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Forum topic by BubingaBill posted 11-21-2017 03:19 PM 775 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2017 03:19 PM

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Good morning LumberJocks,
As a novice box builder (only been at it 10 years) I am trying to find a style that helps set me apart from the hobbyist woodworker. One thing I have come to find out is the very limited variety of quality hinges and latches / locks that are available. Most of what I find is imported garbage that looks like it might not survive shipping to me let alone heavy use on a case. I make wood cue cases and the people I am making them for have very expensive pool cues. The last thing I need is a latch to fail and have the case fall open! I have looked in most of the usual places for unique hinges and latches but I am having trouble finding high quality pieces. I would love to know where my fellow LumberJocks go when they need quality box hardware!
Any leads would be appreciated!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#1 posted 11-21-2017 03:34 PM

Lee Valley has an extensive line of hardware. They even sell Brusso. There are lots of others, in different ranges of price and quality as well.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 04:10 PM

I 2nd the Lee Valley recommendation. If you can get a copy of their hardware catalog I find it easier to navigate than shopping their hardware online. There does seem to be a real gulf within the range of choices for small hardware i.e. low cost and somewhat flimsy or robust, well made and $$$. Here are aa couple of additional sources, you have to do some searching but each of these do offer additional options:

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 04:38 PM

Thank you guys!

I have also been surfing European wood working sites for this kind of hardware. They do have some interesting names for things and I have seen a couple of different latches that I can’t get here in the states. I wish someone would design some medium sized hinges because the “small” ones are too small and the large are too huge for my needs.

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#4 posted 11-22-2017 05:51 PM

Sugatsune makes a decent selection of quality hinges, catches and latches and can be bought from distributors around the world.

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 03:05 PM

@ cocohh
I’m not in the market for coats. What does this have to do with woodworking???

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#6 posted 11-27-2017 03:56 PM

I get most of mine from “” but I will probably switching to Lee Valley next time I need some.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 11-27-2017 04:06 PM

The short answer…...Brusso, I use them for high end boxes and cases, never been disappointed

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#8 posted 11-27-2017 04:12 PM

Damn Jim that’s a very nice case!!
I used those exact same latches on a case and they look nice but the owner didn’t like how small they were and had difficulty getting a fingernail under the latch to open it. But it did hold the case closed and was very secure. I will look into the website.

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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