I got a new glass pantry door. It swings both ways, and is etched glass
inside a 5-6" wide wood frame. I have stained and varnished the frame. I
would like to put either two door plates or two bars, one on either side to
push on instead of the glass or the wood. Anyone know of a source for
these, or the terminology of what the bars may be called? Or any other
names of the door plates?
I'm pretty sure you're talking about metal plates, but if the door is
nice enough, you could use a glass push plate. They're kind of old
timey but still fresh and you don't hide the wood. The objective is
really just to give people a target to land their hands on a nice,
easy to clean surface.
First link I clicked - I'm sure you can get them cheaper.
Your local glass supplier/outlet should have appropriate handles/push
plates in stock.... where you got the etched glass from (if you didn't
buy the whole door unit off the shelf at a Big Box store).
Yeah, it was from the Borg, and for what they wanted elsewhere, this one
really looks nice with the light on in the pantry behind it. They wanted
something ridiculous for swinging hinges, but we found one that works at the
bottom that allows it to be pushed open in either direction, and a lot less
I believe I will watch ebay auctions till I can get something vintage for
reasonable. Currently a pair of brass plates on there for $10 current bid.
The new stuff is way too much.
Make your own!
Can you turn a door knob, to possibly match (design-wise) any existing
drawer pulls? Or make your own push plate, since you've stained the
door frame, you know what color and finish to use.... or use a
contrasting/coordinating color (match the hinges, if they are
Will a piece of copper sheeting work (match), edges sanded/filed and
polished with 1000+ grit sand paper.... or some other readily
available matching metal sheet/plate?
Or have a sheet metal shop cut a pair of plates of 0.040" stainless
steel. Clean the back surface with alcohol, dry and coat with silicone
transparent sealant and stick in place with masking tape until it sets
up. Should last for years.
... except that such plates probably won't have really nice edges,
unless you pay extra for them to carefully dress them. Sheet metal shops
tend to leave either raw cut edges, or just hastily run a die grinder or
something over them. Not exactly the finished look you probably want.
Comment on quaint Usenet customs, from Usenet:
To me, the *plonk...* reminds me of the old man at the public hearing
David, your sheet metal people must be some real clods to not to be
able to cut stainless with a virtually burr free edge and at zero
extra cost. I have used SS on back splashes, whatever, for years and
no such aberrations have ever been present in the things I ordered. In
fact, most shops can put an almost unnoticeable bend near the edges
that ensures total flat contact with the substrate. If you have really
had such a bad experience as you suggest, best look through the Yellow
pages for a better shop. From my personal experience in CA (way south
of you) there are some fine journeymen in the sheet metal trades. So,
having been there, done that with SS scuff plates and such, I'lI stand
by my suggestion that it is a cost effective way to do a project.
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