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  • Choosing Door HingesChoosing Door Hinges

    by Robert J. Settich

    Hinges do more than hold doors; they can enhance or detract from the hours of workmanship you've put into building a piece of fine furniture. The right set of hinges ...

  • Custom-made ClaspsCustom-made Clasps

    by Christian Becksvoort

    You've spent hours handcrafting a dovetailed box, and it's time to choose the hardware. A search through the hardware store and catalogs turns up nothing worthy. ...

  • Turned Drawer PullsTurned Drawer Pulls

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Why pay for knobs and drawer pulls when you can make your own, ensuring that every element of your finished piece has been hand-crafted? Philip C. Lowe details ...

  • Choosing and Installing a LocksetChoosing and Installing a Lockset

    by Lonnie Bird

    In years past, a desk might hold not only valuable papers but also high-priced tea and spices in its tiny, specially made drawers; often, locksets were a requirement. ...

  • Hinges and Lid Supports for ChestsHinges and Lid Supports for Chests

    by Michael Dunbar

    Installing hinges and lid supports on a chest involves more than just a few hours of tooling in the shop. Depending on the style of your project -- whether it’s ...

  • Installing Butt HingesInstalling Butt Hinges

    by Garrett Hack

    You can’t beat butt hinges for durability, clean looks, and straightforward installation. Garrett Hack demonstrates the most common use for them -- hanging an inset ...

  • Wood Pulls Tailored to FitWood Pulls Tailored to Fit

    by Peter Tischler

    Pulls offer an opportunity to merge design and function. This article discusses how to select wood for the pulls, using modeling clay to test out your design, how ...

  • A Guide to Drawer SlidesA Guide to Drawer Slides

    by John Marckworth

    There are many reasons to use drawer slides: they cut down on the time it takes to build furniture, they can support greater loads, drawers can be opened without ...

  • Full-Extension Wooden SlidesFull-Extension Wooden Slides

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Christian Becksvoort appreciates the resourcefulness of shopmade hardware, and he explains here how to make and install full-extension wooden drawer slides. He ...

  • Barbed Hinges for Fine BoxesBarbed Hinges for Fine Boxes

    by David Freedman

    This article provides tips for installing barbed hinges, or slot hinges, which are ideal for use with contemporary box designs because they are relatively goof-proof ...

  • Antiquing HardwareAntiquing Hardware

    by Vincent Laurence

    Gary Rogowski and Stephen Winchester explain how to make zinc-coated steel or brass hardware look antique. Rogowski likes simple, not showy, hardware, and his method ...

  • Hanging Butt Hinges, UnconventionallyHanging Butt Hinges, Unconventionally

    by Stephen Lamont

    Practical or aesthetic considerations sometimes lead to different approaches to installing hinges, writes craftsman Stephen Lamont. Here, he explains how to put ...

  • How to Hang a Cabinet DoorHow to Hang a Cabinet Door

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Regardless of the type of hinge you select, Philip C. Lowe says, all hinges depend on careful installation for smooth operation. He starts with a list of questions ...

  • All-Wood Extension Drawer SlidesAll-Wood Extension Drawer Slides

    by Karen Robertson

    After one too many drawer spills, Karen Robertson set about designing a slide that worked like metal but was good-looking enough to use on fine furniture. She ended ...

  • Installing a Half-Mortise LockInstalling a Half-Mortise Lock

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Philip C. Lowe always asks his clients if they want locks and escutcheons on the furniture he’s making for them. Simple hardware can add a lot to the total cost, ...

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