Rat tail hinges


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I'm about to start an entertainment cupboard in a fairly simple design and would like to use rat tail hinges, the type with the pennant shaped flat part.

In browsing the web I've found a number of offerings but the prices are a bit shocking, going as high as $85.00 for a pair.  With four doors I'll need four pair but I don't want to take out a loan to buy hinges.

Does anyone know of a reasonably priced source for such hinges?



jim vojcek

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I was working on a cabinet I saw in Popular Woodworking that called for rat tail hinges.  The best price I found was Horton Brasses for about $78.00.  I found a knock off at Lee Valley for about $45.00.  It might be worth a look.

Good Luck.

Jim Vojcek



Several years back I had gotten some from Ball & Ball.  As I recall they were fairly pricey then but then again, they are handmade.  Maybe you can try Etsy.com for blacksmith.



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Keep in mind the hinges from Lee Valley are most likely made overseas and you will get what you pay for.  I would bite the bullet and buy the hinges from Horton Brasses or Ball & Ball.  You will not be sorry with the quality.

How much did all the lumber and finishing material cost?  The hardware can "make or brake" a piece.

Dennis Bork
Antiquity Period Designs, Ltd.


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Thanks to all for your replies.

I did a little more searching and found a set at Fisher Forge in PA. for $25.00 a pair.  They look hand forged in the picture.  Anyway I've ordered those.



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Let us know what you think. I have used his blanket chest hinges. I don't think they are completely hand forged but they looked ok and were in the right price range. They appeared to have been cut out and then hammered. I was happy enough with them.


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Sorry I'm late to the party. For future applications, check out Michael M. Coldren Company (http://coldrencompany.com/). I used some of their hinges about 10 years ago and they were very nice. Also good folks to work with. I don't remember what they cost.