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Neat Lock & Neat Screw Cap – The cabinet makers jewellery.

We have just received the new Neat Lock & Neat Screw Cap and they are fantastic.  Both will be available to pre-order very shortly, so keep an eye on my News and Hardware pages. The Neat Lock is a full mortise lock and its main plate is mortised with an 8mm bit while the case is drilled out with a 6.5mm drill.  What I like the most about the Neat Lock is the solid click when opening and closing (music to my ears). The main body is machined from solid brass and beautifully finished, which makes me want to make a box just to hold and display the lock.  The screw holes match the supplied screws and are a perfect fit rather than the clumsy over-sized countersinks you see on many locks.

The upper exposed plates are polished to a high finish, compared to some of the brass locks I have used in the past which needed sanding through the grits to take out machining marks and chewed up quite a bit of time.  These locks are not epoxy coated as I didn’t want them to look cheap and plastic, and  as an added bonus, if you get a mark on the Neat Lock it can be easily removed without worrying about burning through epoxy.

The Neat Screw Cap is also a product of precision, machined with nice crisp edges and a perfectly centred slot on every one. This might not be for everyone but the screw quality out there in the smaller sizes is pretty poor and we have all had moments of frustration where we have polished screws up and then fitted them only to find they do not all align and either need tightened or backed off which can result in a damaged screw head or a lose screw.  Some softer woods will allow you to turn without much damage but if the wood is hard like ebony, then you run the risk of breaking of f a head, meaning you have to poke it out, plug the hole and start again. The Neat Screw Cap removes such annoyance as the screw that does the work is a stainless steel screw, then on final fitting you add your Neat Screw Cap and with a guiding touch from you it will align Perfectly!

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