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11935Re: [MedievalSawdust] Alternatives to Snipe Bills..

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  • powell.sean@comcast.net
    Nov 2 7:35 AM

      Those arn't difficult to make with a heat source like a map-torch. Fiddly little things though. If I were making them for re-sale they would probably cost me that for time and a bending jig. For smaller hinges you wouldn't even need heat. Bend in a loop around a larger nail and crush in a vice. Sharpen in bench grinder, heat in torch and drop in oil for that patina look.


      McMaster-Carr will sell you a box of 500 2"x1/8" in zinc plated cotter pins for less then the cost of one pair of hinges. The zinc can be burned off or removed with vinegar or muriatic acid. (do outside, Zinc fumes are mildly anoying but not really toxic unless you have a pre-existing condition. Afterwards drink a glass of milk)


      You can anneal some types of Stainless steels... but not 316 or 18-8 which is your likely material choice. These stainlesses also can not be hardened by heat-treating so the strength you get is the strength you get. Same applies to not being able to anneal the steel versions. These are meant to be deformed and take a set. A spring temper would be counter productive.


      Good luck!



      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Mark" <mross7@...>
      To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, November 2, 2009 8:21:35 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
      Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Alternatives to Snipe Bills..

      Since snipe bill hinges cost alot ($16 a pair)

      Does anybody have alternatives?  2" cotter pins would be great, but the metal is too hard to effectively bend into a staple.  Can you anneal stainless steel?


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