I've used solid-brass Brusso hardware on several boxes and furniture projects over the years and have found the quality to be top-notch. So I was pleased to hear that the company has been adding stainless-steel hardware items to the catalog over the last two years. Now Brusso makes almost everything in stainless that they make in brass. The only exceptions are quadrant hinges and lid stays, which are too difficult to machine accurately in stainless steel, according to Brusso.

In general, I like stainless steel better than brass for projects with a modern aesthetic. Its silvery finish looks especially great with dark woods like walnut.

After checking out a number of the Brusso stainless-steel pieces (www.brusso.com), I can say the fit and finish is equal to the company’s excellent brass hardware, but the prices are about double what similar brass pieces cost.