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Forum topic by OldBull posted 10-16-2020 08:58 PM 586 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2020 08:58 PM

Anyone have a supplier of decorative screws smaller than 1/2”. I am completing my first test box (thank God it is a test) and attaching the lid with the supplied hardware is impossible even with cutting screws. Most jewelry box lids I see are 3/8ths. I wanted a thin lid and it has been almost impossible to install hinges on. I ended up using epoxy until it dries, then I will attempt to install and maybe epoxy some kind of super short (maybe fake) screws in place. It was a surprise to find how much lumber building a small box takes, it wasn’t much of a surprise to find out how bad I am at installing my first set of hinges..


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#1 posted 10-16-2020 09:16 PM

Try this site: I’m not sure what you mean by decorative. I usually use brass screws with slotted heads on small boxes. A number of sizes down to 1/4” and Philips, slotted, different head profiles…

I’ve done the epoxy method on one of my first boxes. No one ever knew and it’s still working. Sometimes you gotta get creative.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#2 posted 10-16-2020 09:24 PM

I don’t have pan head (guitar peghead screws are, but maybe a little long at 3/8”, I clip off the ends) but I have some tiny brass bugle head tiny screws only 1/4” long. I can mail you some if you want.

Brass peghead screws can be found on ebay.

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#3 posted 10-16-2020 09:33 PM

check out Hobby Lobby…..order on line from their WOODPILE FUN line of hardware

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#4 posted 10-16-2020 09:38 PM

Bill a lid that thin is just too thin. I would like suggestion a better design that will take a longer screw.
Here’s another source for screws and small box hinges.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 10-16-2020 09:55 PM

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#6 posted 10-17-2020 05:32 AM

1/2” Poplar…

Different box…same type of hardware..

Supplies….all from Hobby Lobby Online…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 10-17-2020 06:13 AM

I get my #2, 3/8” small brass screws from Ace Hardware store. They have a nice selection of screws, you can buy one at a time or by the box. Menards surprisingly also carries small brass screws. I gotten my small jewelry box hardware from Hobby Lobby and from Michaels Craft Store in the past. Both places carry the ‘WOODPILE’ brand. Check for a local hobby store in your area, or online as bandit571 suggests. Rockler also carries jewelry box hardware and screws

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