In a recent thread,_Tansu Joinery_ (Layne et.al.) it was suggested that Lee
Valley had an offering of 'good, cheap tansu hardware.' Although the
hardware is certainly cheap(price wise) it looks too manufactured for my
taste, IMHO. If you have the time and simple tools you can make your own.
Presently, I'm making some tansu-like hardware from salvaged sheet metal(24
to 18 gaugesteel sheet) using a jewelers saw and appropriate blades. Sure,
it takes time but it will give my stuff a handmade appearance, much like
handcut dovetails. The link below has a picture of an escutcheon that I'm
cutting from 18 gauge steel that once was a computer back panel I dug out of
a trash can. I'll polish it up and attach with some rose headed copper
nails...should look good.
Can tansu hardware be made from steel, or does it need to be iron ?
I use iron for mine, but it's damned hard work to find. Steel just
doesn't look right IMHO, I can't get the right sort of patina on it.
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