I’m building cubbyholes for the gallery in the Campaign Secretary I’m constructing for Popular Woodworking Magazine. I’m now down to the seven little interior drawers and installing the hardware. Though I am deep into this secretary, my mind is already racing ahead to the next Campaign-style projects I’ll be building this year.
The reason for the distraction is a box of hardware samples I purchased from Londonderry Brasses. These had to be brought over from England, but they were well worth the wait.
At the top of the list is a skeletonized brass pull sold as item 1351ABV in the Londonderry catalog. I’ve seen this kind of pull on a lot of historical casework I’ve examined, but I never thought I’d be able to find it being made today.
It is an awe-inspiring little chunk of brass. The finish is exquisite and mellow. I am going to find exactly the right project for this pull, and then I’m probably going to regret it after making the eighth very complex mortise for this flush pull. In any case, I’m sure it will be worth it.
My second favorite piece in this box was a corner piece sold as MIL-15. It’s a smaller-scale corner protector – probably too small for a full-size chest such as the one I’m building. But I have some smaller projects on my list that this will work perfectly for. Once again, the mellow finish is quite nice.
The third piece – another flush pull called MIL-25 – needs a little tweaking. The handle moves stiffly and is tricky to swing out so you can grab it. I think working the handle back and forth a little bit (OK, a lot) will loosen it up.
So that’s a brief report – back to building the gallery.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. I don’t have prices yet. I’m still waiting for the bill.