E. Hardware

 

Hardware mounting.

Loose parts of the  latch and bail closure. The bail, the hook the latch the face plates (front & back) the pull and nails.
Loose parts of the latch and bail closure.
The bail, the hook, the lift, the latch, the face plates (front & back), the pull, and nails.

 

 

You know it when you see old iron and this iron is old. But in place of making all these claims like I know something, better to tell what I did. Working at the edges and with bulky iron precautions are in order so I pre-drill where prudent. The tang of the hook is rectangular so when I do drill one hole above the other I will prop the first hole to keep the bit from tracking into the existing hole.

 

Support for good drilling.
Support for good drilling.

 

 

The hook that goes there made to this special length, a point freshly forged anew, anticipating.

For double door closure a specially modified haak is called for where otherwise it would go into the door jamb of much thicker material.
For double door closure a specially modified haak is called for where otherwise it would go into the door jamb of much thicker material.

 

 

The latch component follows this haak, or hook, lets settle on catch, latch & catch. Not knowing the English, it all comes better across my ear in the Dutch, klinkstel.

The alignment, horizontal, another re-forged nail anchors the pivoting point there.
The alignment, horizontal, another re-forged nail anchors the pivoting point there.

 

 

The actual activation component is the bail and lifter. In use these are fused and when un-fused generally they cannot be reused. Some careful forging allowed me to extrude just that bit of extra length to the end of the shaft. Only then I realized my lifter is for left-sided mounting and I’m doing it to the right.

Grip, pull, bail, critical backing plates here get waxed with Renaissance, mine I bought 15 years ago direct from George in London and that was  making it all the more worth while. Is George still there? Renaissance has since become a fad though.
Grip, pull, bail, critical backing plates here get waxed with Renaissance, mine I bought 15 years ago direct from George in London and that was making it all the more worth while. Is George still there? Renaissance has since become a fad though.

Maybe I have a right hand lifter somewhere stashed there in that box of parts collected. The success of the mounting hangs in the balance. Yes, I have it, the proper lifter, so I clean this one some and can proceed.

So many parts that I reach for on a regular basis for use where probably nobody will ever even notice it.
So many parts that I reach for on a regular basis for use where probably nobody will ever even notice. But I can do it no other way regardless.

The door gets lifted off the thumbs where it swings for me to connect the shaft and bail to the lifter. With the back side of the shaft resting on the anvil I can peen the key on the front end over to fuse it to the lifter.

That is one completed klinkstel from the outside, where I will pull the doors open.
That is one completed klinkstel from the outside, where I will pull the doors open.

Properly mounted, as I see it anyway, the doors and latching mechanisms, in this instance, but it might be windows in another, should all be stiff and tight on completion and this is seldom if ever the case in work of the professional who feels the need to leave everything working smoothly. The way I do it, sufficient slack will soon enough work itself into the operation of the new construction as elements all settle, initial wear occurs, wood gets acclimatised. A smooth operation to begin with all to often gets sloppy when broken in.

On the inside my heart is skewed at the  corner where the rail meets the style.
On the inside my heart is skewed at the corner where the rail meets the stile.

And with some time to spare that day I turn to something completely different yet critical in times of limited daylight as they are now and hook up a central light.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An overhanging lamp mounted off the post.
An overhanging lamp mounted off the post.

Go in and out door for the first time from Ernest DuBois on Vimeo.

B.D.S.

E duBois

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