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Forum topic by DeMike posted 12-24-2014 07:38 PM 1985 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2014 07:38 PM

i have been building a set of 4 adirondack chairs recently and i want them to be 100% made of materials made in the USA. The lumber is cypress and it is from Alabama, the finish is Sikkens Cetol 1( i believe its made in Troy, MI) the carriage bolts, washers and nuts i can find from a ton of places made in USA, but the stainless steel deck screws (#8×1 5/8 & #10×2 1/2) i cannot find any company that makes them in the USA. if anybody could offer any ideas it would be greatly appreciated. i am open to suggestions as far as different hardware, but i prefer them to be stainless steel. thank you for any inputs!

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 08:52 PM

If it were that easy, it would be great, but unfortunately, the boundries aren’t that well defined.
Years ago I use to haul auto parts from Laredo and McAllen, TX up to the Rockford, Il. area to a Chrysler plant.
Body parts, mechanical parts, etc.
All of these parts were marked, ‘Proudly Made in USA’ on the right rear quarter window.
All of those parts were actually made in Mexico and ‘mostly assembled’ in the USA.
Up until a few years ago, Dometic built roof top A/C’s for RV’s. The plant was in Mexico, but they were all labeled as ‘Built in the USA’. (I just tossed an old one down our trash pit that has been laying around the park since 1998, but at that time there were no assembly plants in the US.
A few years ago that plant was destroyed by fire and Dometic stopped the producing roof top A/C’s.

Where we live we have probably 40 100 car trains come by headed north everyday, headed north from Texas.
The majority of those trains are carrying car and truck frames on flat cars. There are even loads of frame rails for big trucks, agriculture equipment, etc.

The strange thing is, that if China or anywhere else ships it to MExico, it doesn’t have to be marked, “Made in China” or wherever.
It can be marked, according to Mexican law as being made anywhere, as long as it is being exported. Even made in the USA.

Don’t be so certain you are getting what you think you are.

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 09:15 PM

thanks for the reply! i fully understand what you are saying about the “made in USA” tag on things not really made in the usa. i have called many of the smaller companies and asked them personally and i haven’t found a single one that makes screws here in the us. they all say the same thing about how its more expensive for the tooling. its easier to make bolts than screws apparently.

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 09:19 PM

With my guitars, I’ve been using Hillman Fasteners for the last few years. Unfortunately, the boxes I currently have say “Packaged in the US using parts manufactured in one or more of the following countries: Taiwan, China, Canada, USA, Korea.

I recently had to go down and buy two 2” X 1/4 SS bolts for a bow I own, and the box on those said Made in USA. They were Hillman also, so I guess a few still come out of the US, but no guarantees anywhere. Last bolt factory I actually saw was in Wheeling, WV in the early 80’s.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 12-25-2014 04:48 AM

I use the coated deck screws for my outside furniture.
Kreg make great stainless screws that I use on my boat. Can be found on Amazon.

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 05:25 AM

I’ve been using Spax screws from Home Depot. They say they are made in the USA.

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 07:41 AM

Some of the fasteners I get from McMaster-Carr are marked “Made in USA”, but when ordering from McMaster there’s typically no way to specify or predict even the brand of what you are buying. They sell everything based on the specifications of what the item is.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#8 posted 12-26-2014 12:45 AM

I would say that if you can find screws made to a military (not federal) specification, it’s a good chance they were made here.

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#9 posted 12-26-2014 04:57 PM

Thanks for all of the input! I’ll have to do some more research but I think spax screws is going to be my best bet. I am going to call them today.

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