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Bespoke keys!

We are now offering a bespoke key service. Do you want an extra special heirloom well now we can provide a pair of keys in stainless steel, brass, gold or sterling silver. You can then have your logo, crest or design in the bow of the key. Contact me for more details ian@hawthornecrafts.com

Brass Neat lock and Neat hinges back in stock!

I am happy to say that the brass Neat locks and Neat hinges are now back in stock. It is also possible to purchase a spare key.

Protection!

I’ve not been blogging much recently as  I’ve been extremely busy with boxes and with the new Neat lock.  Sales of the Neat lock have gone through the roof  so thank you to everyone who pre-ordered and then came back for more!  I just received a large batch of stainless steel and they’ve already been bought by a single maker.  So in light of the Neat Lock popularity I will be ordering much more stock in the future to keep up with demand. Going forward, I have started a worldwide patent to protect it from being copied.

New Neat hinge & Lock batch coming soon.

I have a new batch of Neat locks and hinges coming in 4 weeks – so to secure an order go here PRE-ORDER. The Neat lock has been modified slightly with a distance to pin change to 12mm and the screw will be the same as the hinges which is a No.3 x 16mm – also the key has been tweaked slightly.

New hinge drilling jig on its way!

I am pleased to say that I now have most of the back orders for the new Neat lock sorted and the feedback has been outstanding!  Here are just a few of them –

Hi Ian

Just had to say how utterly gorgeous they are, I feel quite inspired to make work of a suitable calibre to fit them to.

Hi Ian

Your lock arrived. Beautifully made, even down to the screws!  worth waiting for.

Dear Ian
Lock arrived safely. Absolutely lovely little lock, beautifully finished. I particularly like the very satisfying click on locking and unlocking. The key is a design delight. I will be buying more.

Hi Ian,

I received my three locks yesterday, many thanks.

They are exquisite, beautifully crafted and finished!  I look forward to fitting them Ian and wish you much success with them. They will, I am sure sell themselves once people have seen them.

Hi Ian,

At last, a superbly engineered box lock which oozes quality, works flawlessly and is a delight to the eye.   Congratulations on returning to old fashioned standards and providing a magnificent little product at a fair price.

Screw Alignment Jig.

Imagine you’re in the workshop and have  just cut the perfect mortise and the Neat hinges fit great – next stage is to drill the holes for the screws.  Seems like quite a simple task but if your drill doesn’t hit dead centre and instead drifts slightly due to ply core or wood grain or because you haven’t marked exact centre, then the hinge will be pulled in this direction either resulting in a screw that is hard to get in or a screw that can pull out of your nicely cut mortise.  So I have come up with a very simple jig that will align your screw holes very slightly off centre by 0.035mm.  This ensures your hinge is pulled tight to the front of the mortise.  The jig will be very similar to the neat hinge and will fit perfectly into your mortise.   The drill will follow the holes which will have columns to keep the drill at 90 degrees to the box. I hope to have a prototype soon to test and I will post me results here.

Ian

Neat Locks now in stock.

I am happy to say the Neat lock is now in stock and is available in brass or stainless steel.

Simple, 4 step process

Boxes are tailormade in terms of dimensions, internal layout, wood, hardware, lining, and personalisation through plaques and marquetry.
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