Brass plated steel machine screws, anyone?

I have some bookshelves that use machine screws and cross dowels to hold their frames together. The machine screws are metric: M6 50mm long, brass plated (antique?) over steel and (here's the real killer) flat head (countersunk). As luck would have it, since moving house I am missing some of the cross dowels and the screws, so I need to find replacements. Ideally I would like to stick with metric fasteners, but here in the USA that seems to be a tall order, so I could switch to 1/4-20 at a pinch.
I can find 1/4-20 cross dowels easily enough, but finding a source of brass plated flat head machine screws seems to not be so easy.
Can anyone suggest a supplier who might be able to help (ideally staying metric, but going the 1/4-20 route at a pinch)?
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Peter Headland


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Try LeeValley http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?page@984&category=1,43455,43833&abspage=1&ccurrency=1&SID Or HomeDepot - the one in my neighborhood has a full selection of metric fastners, but I'm in Canada
If there is an Ikea store(www.ikea.com) near you, they too will have them, as most of their fastners are metric - and they use cross dowels in almost everything.
Matt

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snipped-for-privacy@actuate.com wrote:

Go down to you nearest GOOD hardware store that has a good selection of fasteners with sample in hand.
Have them special order a box (100 pcs) of what you need.
HTH
Lew
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Or try www.jamestowndistributers.com. Truly awesome selection of screws in all sorts of sizes, materials, head styles, etc. If they don't have it, you probably don't need it.
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Works better if you try: www.jamestowndistributors.com. I've used them in the past, their brass prices are very good.
+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Now we'll just use some glue to hold things in place until the brads dry +--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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Roy Smith wrote:

They are a marine supplier.
They won't have anyting that is brass plated steel.
Bronze, 316 S/S, 18-8 S/S, maybe, but never brass plated steel since neither steel or brass are worth a hoot in salt water.
HTH
Lew
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Silly question - why do these have to be steel? Would straight brass work?
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Good (not silly) question! I realised that the wood (looks like some kind of pine) would tear long before the thread on a 1/4-20 brass screw would ever strip, so I bought some brass screws and the job's a good 'un.
My thanks to all of you who replied.
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Not directly relevant here, but I've also used steel screws to get a hole in wood ready for a brass screw. Brass can't take the torque, but putting a steel screw of the same size in first makes the hole ready.
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Re: Brass plated steel machine screws, anyone?
Imperial or metric 6.5 mm is rather close to 1/4"
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