I am happy to say that after quite a lot of testing that the Neat lock has now one of the smoothest locking action on the market. No exterior sizes have changed just the actions so try it out for your self. (currently only available in brass SS to follow).
Yes that’s right its nearly ready and soon I will be unveiling the new Neat hinge! all I can say for the moment is Rout . Drill . Fit .
Watch this space. Ian
Hi folks the standard range of hardware has now been increased, we now offer gold plated and nickel plated in both the lock and hinges – soon to follow is a small button catch in the same finished. But please bear in mind these are for makers that are on a budget and are not produced to the same level as the Neat range.
John Bullar, Woodworkers Institute, was so impressed with the neat team this is what he says – ‘Overall I was impressed by the quality of construction and simplicity of use …’ and ‘…they provide a near infallible way of completing a fine box.’ Click here to view full article at woodworkersinstitute.com (May 2013)
Alan Englefield, Architectural box maker, Ace Marquetry Ltd, has this to say about the neat hinges – ‘ These are simply great hinges. Precision engineered and easy to fit.’
How does the neat lock compare to other box locks? The neat lock is the only machined full mortise lock on the market, it makes a solid, audible sound when opened and closed. Similar to the neat hinge it is sturdy and comes with a quality high polished finish. The screws are the same size and high quality as those used for the hinges. There are no lugs sticking out and the plates are flat and smooth.
The Neat lock has been endorsed by fellow box maker Andrew Crawford in his newsletter (November 2012). His comments regarding the Neat Lock are – ‘… it’s solid, excellently made, functions well – feels good [lovely satisfying click], and is beautifully finished. What more could anyone possibly want?!… the quality and finish of the Neat Lock make it stand out from the crowd and I will certainly be using it in the future.’
How has the Neat Range improved further? We are continually striving to improve our neat hardware and have listened carefully to all customer feedback since the launch last year. Hinge leaves are now 8.00mm. We are also planning to add a Glide action feature to further enhance the hinge action, allowing for the hinge to be machined to a snug fit and so remove any side to side play, and yet ensure a smooth open and close action every time!
To demonstrate our Neat Team spirit and that Teamwork is best we are now offering £5 off each pair of hinges bought with a matching neat lock, so a pair of brass neat hinges with a brass neat lock is now £58 (normally £63) , while a pair of neat hinge s/steel and s/steel neat lock are now £79 (normally £84) – see our hardware page and select Neat Team!
The neat range is available in polished stainless steel and brass, and is very competitively priced. Brass hinges at £25 per pair, Stainless steel hinges at £36 per pair – includes two sets of screws, and postage throughout Europe and USA. The neat lock brass is £36 each, and the stainless steel lock £48 – includes two sets of screws, and postage throughout Europe and USA
Discount is available for Neat Orders of 10 or more items. If you have any queries or would like to place an order, then please contact us on 028 90 836 987, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hawthornecrafts.com