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.


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.

Stainless steel Neat hinges now in stock!

I am happy to say that I am now stocking stainless steel Neat hinges. These are to replace the nickel plated ones which have caused quite a bit of grief over the years with poor quality plating and over polishing. Soon to follow is the stainless steel Neat lock which is the perfect partner to the hinges, also brass Neat locks and hinges will of course be available – ready to purchase from the end of Jan 2013.

Delay on Neat Locks and Neat Hinges

Well due to circumstances beyond my control the Neat range has been delayed until mid January, I appreciate customer’s patience who have pre-ordered and I will have them dispatched as soon as they arrive. On a higher note I have decided to design and produce bespoke keys in German silver which will take my bespoke boxes to another level – although these will only be supplied with my more expensive pieces, they have a very simple clean design with an Art Deco influence. In the meantime have a Happy New Year!

Neat Locks available to pre-order

After some last minute tweaks the Neat Lock is available to pre-order here with a small batch of 50 due for delivery mid December (just in time for a boxmakers stocking filler) It will be available in brass and stainless steel. The SS version will have a plated key as this is too hard to machine in such a hard material. The Neat Hinge will also be changing to SS as plating over the years has caused problems and to be very honest most of the machined crisp edges get lost in the polishing and plating process. Furniture & Cabinet making magazine will be reviewing the Neat Lock and Neat Hinge in the December issue and I am happy to say that the worlds best boxmaker Andrew Crawford has endorsed the Neat lock and his writeup can be read in his latest newsletter, Andrew will also be doing a demo with the Neat Lock at Axminsters Nuneaton store on 24th Nov. Remember pre-order your stocking filler now!

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!

Simple, 4 step process

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